In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the showdown between Trump and FOX News, the water crisis in Flint, and a martyr takes another step to sainthood.
“The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist." (Saint Gregory the Great)
Today's Gospel: “To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it?” (Mark 4:30)
In the News:
- Cable news stations were fixated for two days over Donald J. Trump’s decision to pull out of Fox News’s Republican debate, so much so that many anticipated he might provide stiff competition for Fox on Thursday night when he staged his own event in Iowa at the same time.
- FBI negotiators kept channels open Friday with the remaining occupiers of a rural Oregon wildlife refuge in hopes of ending the nearly four-week standoff, even as the group’s leaders faced new court hearings following their arrest.
- Michigan offered fresh bottled water for state employees in Flint starting in January 2015, although residents were told that tap water was safe to drink until last fall, a state official said.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The Eucharist is supposed to create a new culture, one that is welcoming and only sees the flaws and failures of others as a reminder of one's own need for God's mercy, said Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
- The miraculous cure of a baby with brain damage through the intercession of Mexican martyr Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río has been approved by the Vatican, completing the final step for the teen’s path to sainthood.
- Praying for a loved one's health and healing, tenderly caring for them and asking very human questions about why people suffer are experiences Christians, Muslims and Jews all share, Pope Francis said.
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