In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include ISIS and state-building, Jeb Bush and Obamacare, and the Pope's message of peace.
"God is not afraid of new things." (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: "Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety." (Psalms 31:3)
In the News:
- The Islamic State’s vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control.
- Jeb Bush is quitting Tenet Healthcare Corp. — a company that has profited from Obamacare — and is ending a consulting contract with Barclays Bank to focus on his political future.
- According to documents released from a Phoenix hospital, some senior department officials knew of V.A. woes before the scandal
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis used his Christmas address at the Vatican to pray for peace for those suffering through conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine and Africa.
- Vatican officials say Catholic participation in refugee and humanitarian relief in the Syrian civil war is strengthening the foundation for future peace despite the great difficulties of the region.
- Myanmar's Catholic Church is stepping up calls for peace and religious tolerance as it celebrates its 500th anniversary.
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