In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a surprise visit by the pope, a meeting between east and west churches, and a former pharmaceutical CEO appears before congress.

“To overcome today’s individualistic mentality, a concrete commitment to solidarity and charity is needed, beginning in the family." (Pope St. John Paul II)

Today's Gospel: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31)

In the News:

  • Those hoping for some fireworks in last night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire weren’t disappointed. In their first one-on-one debate of the cycle, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were fierce advocates of two competing approaches to politics and policy.
  • Turkish forces aren't preparing to invade northern Syria -- and Russia's allegation that they are is an attempt to hide Moscow's crimes in the war-ravaged nation, a source within the Turkish Prime Minister's office said Thursday.
  • The pharma bad boy Shkreli, as promised, refused to testify Thursday before a congressional committee investigating drug price hikes. Shkreli cited his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination over and over again as members sought to ask the normally verbose 32-year-old former CEO about his company's dramatic increase of the price of its medication.

Pope Francis and church news:

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