In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Ted Cruz attacking the media, NASA postpones a mission to Mars, and the pope will meet with the president of Iran.
“Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “What, then, will this child be? For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.” (Luke 1:66)
In the News:
- Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz blasted the Washington Post for briefly posting an editorial cartoon on its website depicting his young daughters as monkeys and criticizing him for featuring them in the political area.
- Iraq sent battalions of reinforcements on Wednesday to secure neighborhoods in Ramadi recaptured from the Islamic State, as soldiers continued an offensive for a second day to try to take full control of the city.
- NASA has put its next Mars mission on hold indefinitely because of a leaky instrument. The space agency planned to launch a new Mars lander called InSight in March from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis has been named as the winner of the International Charlemagne Prize, awarded annually by the German city of Aachen for contributions to European unity.
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is set to meet Pope Francis next month, according to a Vatican spokesman. No date has been set for the meeting in the Vatican but it is likely to take place towards the end of January.
- Twenty-five members of Houston's St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School Choir will be among choristers performing for Pope Francis Jan. 1 at Rome's St. Peter's Basilica.
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