In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include an Australian hostage situation, news of the end of Hong Kong protests, and a message from Pope Francis to an inmate.
“I ask the Lord for the grace that... we might be able to be loving, forgiving, understanding of others, to have a large heart with the people, to be merciful."--Pope Francis
Today's Reading: "Judiciously he guides the humble, instructing the poor in his way." (Psalms 25:9)
In the News:
- Australian riot police stormed a cafe where an apparent Iranian refugee had held hostages for nearly 16 hours.
- A recently published article says same-sex couples are less likely to get divorced than straight couples.
- Hong Kong authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sites.
Pope Francis and church news:
- A drawing by a inmate at Sing Sing prison was presented to Pope Francis who, in turn, sent a rosary, blessed holy cards and a promise to keep them in his prayers.
- A much-anticipated Vatican report on U.S. women's religious orders, which was ordered under Pope Benedict XVI, will be released Tuesday in Rome.
- Chicago's new archbishop says he will not reconsider his predecessor's decision to close nine Catholic schools.
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