Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today:
You could win a ticket to see Pope Francis in DC, courtesy of Senator Chuck Schumer. Enter a raffle to win either a pair of tickets to see the Holy Father at his audience outside the Capitol (100 pairs to be given away) or a single ticket to hear him speak before Congress (as Schumer’s guest).

The Vatican is accepting applications from potential ‘missionaries of mercy’
New Mexico’s bishops are lauding a court decision barring assisted suicide
From Religion News Service:
Arkansas governor cuts state contracts with Planned Parenthood
Utah governor orders state agencies to stop disbursing federal funds to Planned Parenthood
• From Crux: Whoa — Chinese TV reports favorably on the pope’s comments
• Tomorrow, the Sun will be at the diocese’s daylong Tech Day 2.0 conference at Our Lady of Sorrows in Vestal, learning all about Google apps, social media best practices, and much more. Come say hi! There’s still time to register right here.
• Our photo of the day is up top. In it, a person lights a candle for explosion victims at the Chaoyin Temple Aug. 14. The Aug. 12 blast engulfed an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city. (CNS photo | Wu Hong, EPA)
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