In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a weapons testing in North Korea, Cruz and Trump butt heads, and the pope calls for a missionary church.
"The mystery of the poor is this: That they are Jesus, and what you do for them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor in giving to others, we increase our knowledge of and belief in love." (Dorothy Day)
Today's Gospel: “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” (Mark 6:50)
In the News:
- World leaders sternly criticized North Korea on Wednesday for carrying out a fourth nuclear test, an explosion that Pyongyang claimed was an exponentially more powerful hydrogen bomb.
- Donald Trump, who famously questioned whether President Obama was really born in Hawaii, is now raising questions about the Canadian birth of Republican presidential campaign rival Ted Cruz.
- The ginormous Powerball grand prize climbed to a cool $450 million Tuesday after 17 times without a winner.
Pope Francis and church news:
- In his homily at Mass celebrating the solemnity of the Epiphany, Pope Francis said the Church is called to be a missionary Church and announcing Christ is not a profession and nor is it about proselytism.
- Religious representatives promised to work to protect the environment and cope with climate change at a national conference that drew 400 participants to this central Vietnam area in early December.
- The Nebraska Catholic Conference has urged people to support a proposal being considered by the Nebraska School Activities Association that would formalize the current practice of basing high school sports participation on students' sex at birth.
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