In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the standoff in Oregon, the pope sends out 1,000 priests on a mission, and Clinton and Sanders prepare to square off in a new debate.
“If we are worth anything, it is not because we have more money or more talent, or more human qualities. Insofar as we are worth anything, it is because we are grafted on to Christ's life, his cross and resurrection. That is a person's measure.” (Archbishop Oscar Romero)
Today's Gospel: “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)
In the News:
- The last four armed protesters occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon were set to surrender on Thursday, hours after authorities arrested the Nevada rancher whose sons started the showdown.
- A long-running study has found that dementia rates fell steadily over the past four decades, most likely due to declining rates of heart disease.
- Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Hillary Clinton square off Thursday in Milwaukee, just two days after the New Hampshire primary, in which Mr. Sanders scored an overwhelming victory.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis has sent more than 1,000 priests on a global mission to forgive grave sins that normally only he, or a top Church official, may pardon.
- The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.
- In his Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis said that Lent is the perfect time to let go of selfish and indifferent attitudes, returning to God with the help of prayer, penance and acts of charity.
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