In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the pope remarking on China, a Republican drops out of the presidential race, and the British debate staying in the EU.
“The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! ” (Mark 6:2)
In the News:
- Sen. Rand Paul announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, bringing an end to a bid that began with aspirations of expanding the libertarian base that his father built into a powerful national coalition.
- The European Union offered a proposal on Tuesday intended to keep Britain as a member of the bloc, setting out compromises on hot-button issues like immigration and setting up a referendum as early as this summer on whether the country wants to retain close ties to the Continent or go its own way.
- The Army and Marine Corps' top uniformed leaders both backed making women register for the draft as all combat roles are opened to them in coming months, a sweeping social change that could complicate the military’s gender integration plans.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis’ soft spot for China is well known, and he has made it evident yet again by granting an exclusive interview to an Asian newspaper urging the world not to fear China’s growing power and conveying a message of friendship to President Xi Jinping.
- Religious liberty advocates hope a new congressional scorecard will embolden members of Congress to promote freedom for embattled religious minorities worldwide.
- As Pope Francis' year dedicated to consecrated life comes to a close, one nun shared her thoughts on the how her religious garb serves as a “visible sign” that God exists and loves every person.
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