In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Pope's role in promoting peace between Cuba and the United States, the release status of the movie "The Interview," and efforts at peace in the Central African Republic.
Today's Reading: "He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor; the lives of the poor he shall save." (Psalm 72:13)
In the News:
- A personal appeal by Pope Francis played a key role in finalizing a deal to open relations between the United States and Cuba for the first time in 53 years.
- According to a studio spokesperson, Sony Pictures will not release "The Interview" on Christmas Day and the studio has "no further release plans" for the film.
- The death penalty is on the decline in the United States in every conceivable category.
Pope Francis and church news:
- American Church officials expressed optimism about plans by the United States and Cuba to normalize diplomatic relations and work toward reshaping how the two neighboring countries interact with each other.
- The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its leading bishop visiting and reaching out to displaced Muslims.
- In a statement yesterday, senior fellow for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Christopher Hale, remarked on the historic U.S.-Cuban diplomatic deal. Hale praises the Holy Father for his role in promoting a more just and peaceful world.
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