In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Senator Rubio gearing up for the 2016 elections, the death of Saudi King Abdullah, and the pope reacts to the March for Life rally.
"I urge you to work together in promoting a true, worldwide ethical mobilization which, beyond all differences of religious or political convictions, will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded." (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: "Kindness and truth shall meet." (Psalms 85:8)
In the News:
- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is preparing to launch a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, signing on a prominent fundraiser and planning trips to early voting states.
- House Republicans struggled to mend an unwelcome rift that threatens to tarnish their party’s image with women and younger voters, shelving a contentious bill to outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
- As Saudis mourned the death of King Abdullah and world leaders paid their respects, newly enthroned King Salman pledged to continue the policies of his predecessors while calling for unity among Arab and Islamic nations at a time of regional unrest.
Pope Francis and church news:
- As massive crowds of pro-life advocates gathered for the March for Life in Washington, D.C., with Pope Francis tweeting a short message of support.
- The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon has encouraged Iraqi Muslims to confront violent extremists, stressing the need to return to peaceful coexistence despite present threats in the country.
- A petition calling for Richard III's bones to be taken to a Catholic chapel is to be handed to church leaders.
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