LOOP: State funeral planned for President Bush



GEORGE H.W. BUSH  The body of former President George H.W. Bush will arrive in the Capitol Rotunda for public viewing today. President Trump will attend the state funeral and has ordered federal offices closed on Wednesday for a day of national mourning. READ
BUSH 41’S LEGACY  When President George H.W. Bush broke his ‘no new taxes’ pledge, he changed the Republican Party and American politics forever. READ
POPE ‘WORRIED’ OF GAYS IN PRIESTHOOD  “The question of homosexuality is a very serious one,” said Pope Francis, saying that those responsible for training priests must make sure candidates are “humanly and emotionally mature” before they are ordained. “For this reason, the Church urges that persons with this rooted tendency not be accepted into ministry or consecrated life.”  READ
RIOTS IN FRANCE  The Arc de Tripomphe was sprayed with graffiti as protesters caused the worst riot in France in over a decade. “Yellow jacket” activists torched cars, smashed windows, and looted stores in reaction to incredibly high energy taxes took effect in France.  READ
CHINA-U.S. EASE TRADE WAR  At the G20 summit in Argentina, President Trump agrees to hold off raising tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports while Chinese leader Xi agrees to buy U.S. agricultural products and designate fentanyl a controlled substance. Business groups applauded the easing of trade tensions. READ
TECH BIAS  Google employees debated on whether to intentionally bury news stories from conservative media outlets during the 2016 presidential campaign. But a Google spokeswoman said that the conversation did not lead to manipulation of search results for political purposes. President Trump has said before that he believes Google and Facebook are trying to affect election outcomes.  READ
BIG FAMILY PODCAST   How this “messy family” became a viral hit with Catholics with over 10,000 listeners a month.  READ
WALK OF FAME  A Eucharistic procession for Hollywood homeless draws hundreds of Catholics. As part of the event, volunteers sat and listened to some of the city’s homeless on the famous Hollywood boulevard. READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Francis Xavier was won over to Christ by the gentle persuasion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. He then joined the Jesuits and soon after set off for the East, where he labored the rest of his life. Xavier was on his way to China when he died in 1552. READ
DAILY READINGS  “Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.” (Ps 122:1)  READ
BEAUTY  The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence, Italy. 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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