In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include attacks on Donald Trump, the pope addresses scandals within the church, and the appointment of an American to a position within the Vatican.
“Competition, to be sure, is not to be excluded from commerce, but it must be kept within those limits which make it just and fair and therefore worthy of man.” (Pope Paul VI)
Today's Gospel: “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:45)
In the News:
- President Obama accused Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in an interview aired Monday of "exploiting" anger and fear over economic insecurities among working class men to propel his presidential campaign.
- FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini, the two most powerful men in world soccer, were banned for eight years on Monday for ethics violations, leaving the world's most popular sport rudderless in a sea of corruption cases.
- Democrat Hillary Clinton is increasingly framing her presidential pitch with an eye toward Donald Trump, showing how the Republican businessman has come to dominate the debate in both parties and signaling an inflection point in the campaign as 2016 nears.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis presented the Catholic church’s bureaucracy with a list of “needed virtues” including humanity, accountability and humility, following a year in which the Vatican was shaken by a number of high-profile scandals.
- Ahead of Christmas, Pope Francis spoke on the surprise of God and his great gift in sending Jesus Christ to save mankind.
- Pope Francis appointed a U.S. media adviser as the vice director of the Vatican press office and an Irish prelate known for revolutionizing the Vatican's approach to social communication as bishop and adjunct secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
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