In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Trump at Liberty University, the migrant crisis in Europe, and the 30th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
Today's Gospel: “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)
In the News:
- Donald Trump pitched himself to Christian students at Liberty University as a politically incorrect protector of Christianity, tailoring his classic stump speech to the evangelical audience with mixed success.
- Nearly 19,000 civilians were killed in Iraq between January 2014 and October 2015 -- a toll the United Nations calls "staggering" in a new report.
- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders began Martin Luther King Day addressing the same audience from the South Carolina Capitol steps in Columbia.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The Archbishop of Vienna has warned that as Europe’s migrant crisis reaches a fever pitch, the continent risks falling into old fears that could build new walls that are contrary to the Christian concept of charity.
- Religious freedom advocates voiced gratitude and joy at the release of Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who had been held in an Iranian prison since 2012.
- Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil rights leader who was “inspired by the teachings of Christ,” says the head of the Knights of Peter Claver.
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