LOOP: Judge orders Missouri’s abortion clinic open

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM Missouri’s only abortion clinic was set to lose its license, but Judge Michael Stelzer issued a temporary restraining order to keep it open. Gov. Mike Parson, R-MO, said: “We are committed to and take seriously our duty to ensure that all health facilities in Missouri follow the law, abide by regulations, and protect the safety of patients.”  READ
TRUMP VISITS CHURCH President Trump made a surprise stop at a Virginia church to pray with the pastor for the victims of a Virginia Beach shooting. Trump joined the pastor in prayer, but did not make any remarks.  READ
TRUMP APPROVAL UP  President Trump’s approval rating hit the highest point in two years, buoyed by voter optimism over the economy. The Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll found 48% of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing. A record 62% approved of his handling of the economy. 71% said the economy was strong or very strong.  READ 
PENTAGON SENDS STERN MESSAGE Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan instructed his staff to speak with White House officials and reaffirm his mandate that the military not be “politicized.” The letter came after the U.S. Navy confirmed that White House officials had requested that the USS John S. McCain not be visible to President Trump during his visit to Japan. Trump said he did not know about any such order.  READ 
MICRO-PREEMIE GOES HOME Baby Saybie was born at 23 weeks and 3 days – and given only an hour to survive. But now the baby who was born at just 8.6 ounces has left the hospital and gone home.  READ 
2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper was booed when he told delegates at the California Democratic Convention that “socialism is not the answer.”  READ 
POPE FRANCIS & BENEDICT XVI Pope Francis said he draws strength from his relationship with Benedict XVI. “When I hear him speak, I become strong. I hear this story of the Church,” said Pope Francis. READ 
CHILD-PROTECTION REPORT The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released its annual report on the protection of children. “Because of their bravery in coming forward, victim and survivor assistance and child protection are now core elements of the Church,” said USCCB President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo., who acknowledged that “much progress [was]still needed.”  READ 
HOW TO WIN  Saint Augustine won arguments because he was more than a controversialist. “The saint is known for defeating errors, but he knew that goodness is more fundamental than sin,” says Dr. Chad Pecknold.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Today we celebrate 22 martyrs of Uganda, Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions. Their stories are set in the court of a chief who did not share their faith. Even though they were pages in his court, their faith meant more to them than his approval and support.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “God is king of all the earth.” (Ps 47:8)  READ 
DISCOVERY  In Madrid, this statue commemorates Pedro Ponce de León as the “First Teacher of the Deaf.” National Geographic’s history magazine tells the story of how monks living in silence helped invent sign language for the hearing impaired.  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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