In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the pope meeting with Iran's president, the pope releases a children's book, and the Democratic presidential candidates square off one more time before Iowa.
“Those working in the political and economic sectors have a precise responsibility towards others, particularly those who are most frail, weak and vulnerable.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:34-35)
In the News:
- With the Democratic presidential contest in Iowa a toss-up less than a week from the first vote of 2016, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Monday took starkly different approaches to pursuing wavering voters in their final appearance on the same stage.
- President Obama announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences.
- Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestle and PepsiCo are to announce Tuesday the donation of about 176 truckloads of water to help people affected by the water crisis in Flint.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met Tuesday morning at the Vatican, discussing human rights and Iran’s role in the Middle East, in part of a push by Tehran to reintroduce itself to the West after years of stringent sanctions.
- In an new book titled, “Dear Pope Francis,” 29 children pose questions to Pope Francis in letters from around the globe. The children also illustrated the book with their own artwork.
- The multiple crises in the Middle East show the need for continued peacemaking and humanitarian efforts, the U.S. Catholic bishops have told foreign policy leaders in the Obama administration.
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