In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Senate confirmation hearings of the president's pick for attorney general, the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation, and the pope discusses the role of the father in a family.
"It is neither just nor human so to grind men down with excessive labour as to stupefy their minds and wear out their bodies." (Pope Leo XIII)
Today's Reading: "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear." (Mark 4:23)
In the News:
- The Israeli military said Wednesday that two of its soldiers were killed and seven more wounded in a Hezbollah attack on a military convoy near the border with Lebanon.
- President Obama's pick for his next attorney general faces a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that will likely highlight tensions between the administration and the new Republican Congress.
- A senior House Democrat will introduce legislation Wednesday formally authorizing President Barack Obama’s war on the so-called Islamic State nearly six months after it began.
Pope Francis and church news:
- At his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis continued a series of talks on the family by focusing on the role of the father.
- Catholic leaders joined in commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, where 1.2 million mostly Jewish prisoners were killed by the Nazis during World War II.
- Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking.
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