In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the president's final State of the Union address, U.S. sailors are released by Iran, and the pope's new book explores God's love and mercy towards the LGBT community.
“That’s the America I know. That’s the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. That’s what makes me so hopeful about our future.” (President Barack Obama)
Today's Gospel: “Everyone is looking for you.” (Mark 1:37)
In the News:
- Iran on Wednesday freed a group of sailors from two small American naval vessels that Tehran claimed strayed into Iranian waters, prompting their seizure and overnight detention.
- Hillary Clinton defended her daughter’s attacks against her Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health care plan, despite criticism the remark was inaccurate.
- During his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of tribalism and fear that have rocked the campaign to find his successor and to build a "clear-eyed, big-hearted" and "optimistic" nation.
Pope Francis and church news:
- In his final State of the Union address, President Obama referred to Pope Francis’s speech to Congress in September.
- Oscar-winning actor and director Roberto Benigni gave Pope Francis two thumbs up Tuesday, delivering one of his rapid-fire monologues and praising the pope as a fountain of mercy who is "dragging the whole church toward Christianity."
- In a new article for TIME, CACG executive director Christopher Hale believes Pope Francis' new book reaffirms God's unending love and mercy for the LGBT community.
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