In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Iowa caucuses, the pope talks about the weak and vulnerable, and a prayer service is planned along the US-Mexican border.
“The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish." (Pope St. John Paul II)
Today's Gospel: “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” (Mark 5:7)
In the News:
- Real estate mogul Donald Trump and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton each spoke with cautious optimism Monday morning as the first nominating contest of the 2016 election approaches in Iowa.
- Two of Cliven Bundy’s sons sit in an Oregon jail, their protest over government land policies crushed by federal lawmen. Despite this, the rebellion’s patriarch sees only signs of victory.
- President Obama on Saturday announced a $4 billion plan aimed at making sure all kids, especially girls and minorities, get a chance to learn computer science.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The car that was used to drive Pope Francis around Philadelphia during last year’s papal trip to America has sold at auction for $82,000.
- On Sunday Pope Francis said that it’s the weak and vulnerable who are most valuable in God’s eyes, and stressed that it’s always him who takes the initiative in meeting us where we are.
- Pope Francis will hold a prayer service at the border when he visits Mexico next month, and among the participants will be migrants — some undocumented — gathered just 65 feet away on the US side of the divide.
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