In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include reactions from the GOP debate, a decrease in the death penalty, and the pope discusses the importance of mercy and forgiveness in our daily lives.
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.” (St. Francis)
Today's Gospel: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (Matthew 7:19)
In the News:
- Republican presidential candidates sought to cement -- or improve -- their standings in a debate Tuesday night that comes less than two months before the first votes of the election season are cast.
- House Republicans announced a deal Tuesday night between the GOP-led Congress and the White House on a trillion-dollar, year-end tax and spending package to fund the government through fiscal year 2016.
- The 28 executions in 2015 were the fewest since 1991, when there were 14, a new report released Wednesday says.
Pope Francis and church news:
- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin appealed to Pope Francis on Tuesday to stop a Roman Catholic cardinal's derogatory remarks about the openly gay U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
- Fred Shapiro, an associate librarian at Yale Law School, has compiled the 10th annual "Yale Book of Quotations," and Pope Francis' comment on global warming led the year's most memorable ahead of several from U.S. presidential hopefuls.
- Mercy and forgiveness are not just nice words, but must be put into practice in our daily lives. That was Pope Francis message to pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday for his weekly general audience.
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