LOOP: Lawmakers worry about trade war with Mexico

GOP SENATE VS. TRUMP? Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, predicted that Congress will try to vote down President Trump’s tariffs on Mexico, if the 5% tariffs go into effect on Monday.  READ
17-YEAR-OLD EUTHANIZED A rape victim in the Netherlands was euthanized after she said the pain from her sexual assaults was “insufferable.”  READ
EDITING HUMAN GENES  The House Appropriations Committee approved a ban on editing human genes in clinical trials. READ 
LGBT EVENT CANCELED A public library in Ohio canceled an LGBT Pride event after a strong backlash. The event was aimed at teens and featured a tutorial on applying makeup for dressing in drag. “Our public libraries are great resources for young & old alike. But they should not be a resource for teenage boys to learn how to dress in drag,” said Ohio Speaker Larry Householder. READ 
IMPEACHMENT Former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid changes his opinion and now supports opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. “It’s not the right thing to do nothing,” said Reid. READ 
CHINA Thirty years after the Tiananmen Massacre, China remains a “surveillance state.” And religious freedoms have deteriorated since the deadly crackdown. READ 
TRUMP PRAISES JOHN PAUL II President Donald Trump commemorated the 40th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s historic first trip to Poland as pope. “As we remember the long struggle of the Polish people against communism, we also acknowledge that millions of people now live in freedom because of St. Pope John Paul II and his extraordinary life as a follower of Jesus Christ and a champion for human dignity and religious liberty,” said President Trump.  READ 
NEW BISHOP Pope Francis appointed Fr. Douglas Lucia as the next bishop of Syracuse, NY.  READ 
CHURCH SCANDALCardinal Daniel DiNardo has been accused of mishandling a priest who was accused of sexual misconduct. Cardinal DiNardo is archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and serves as president of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Boniface was an English Benedictine monk who made it his life’s mission to convert the Germanic tribes to Christianity. He found it was no easy task and ended up giving his life for the cause. Boniface was martyred on June 5, 754.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth.” (Ps 68:10)  READ 
DEVOTION  June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  SHARE

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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