In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the standoff in Oregon, Trump boycotts the FOX debate, and the pope's visit to Mexico draws near.
“The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own.” (President Obama)
Today's Gospel: “...those sown on rich soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4:20)
In the News:
- The soft-spoken but defiant co-leader of a group of protesters at a wildlife refuge in Oregon was killed Tuesday as FBI and Oregon State police moved in to arrest ringleader Ammon Bundy and several other self-styled militia members.
- Donald Trump and aides began planning an event to compete with a Fox News debate on Thursday, while Republican rivals are mocking the GOP front-runner for announcing Tuesday he was boycotting the showdown.
- President Obama will propose in the 2017 budget next month that families who qualify for subsidized school meals be given a special electronic benefits card that will allow them to buy an additional $45 in groceries per child each month when school is out.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis is asking us to live this Lenten period as a favourable time for conversion during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
- As Pope Francis’ weeklong visit to Mexico draws near, anticipation is building not just for the presence of the Successor of Peter, but also for how he will respond to hot-button topics such as immigration.
- Poland's Common Council of Catholics and Muslims have condemned hate speech in a joint declaration as part of the 16th Day of Islam in the Catholic Church.
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