In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the pope and his new book, the migrant influx and how its effecting Europe's identity, and the president's final State of the Union.
“The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.” (Marian Wright Edelman)
Today's Gospel: “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?” (Mark 1:24)
In the News:
- A suicide bomb blast ripped through a popular tourist area of Istanbul on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring about 15 others, Turkish authorities said.
- President Obama will reach one of the first major milestones of his last year in office on Tuesday night when he delivers his seventh and final State of the Union address.
- New polls show the Republican presidential nomination increasingly looks like a two-person race between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis warned Monday that the recent influx of migrants risked overwhelming European values and traditions, but said he was confident the continent could successfully integrate the newcomers.
- In his newly released book on mercy, Pope Francis offers extensive reflections on the topic that has shaped much of his pontificate, getting personal about his own experiences of mercy, what it means for him, and why humanity is in such desperate need of it.
- A week after hundreds were attacked in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising and president of the German Conference of Catholic Bishops, condemned the attacks in a press release and called for more vigilance in the future.
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