In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a possible truce in Syria, the pope leaves for Mexico, and the EU gives Greece an ultimatum.
“It is necessary to respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation, in such a way as to make the conditions of migrants more humane.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the Lord will be with you." (Amos 5:14)
In the News:
- In their first debate since Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton faced off in Milwaukee, as the Democratic presidential race moves into what could be a protracted nomination battle.
- Major world powers agreed to a temporary truce in war-ravaged Syria overnight — but it was far from clear early Friday if or how the "ambitious" deal would be enforced on the ground.
- The European Union gave Greece an ultimatum Friday, saying it needed to fix its border controls within three months or face expulsion from the political bloc's passport-free travel area for up to two years.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis leaves for a trip to Mexico, first stopping in Havana, Cuba for a meeting with Russia's orthodox Patriarch Kirill.
- The oldest Catholic university in the U.S. will expand its academic focus in African-American studies and establish a new research center as part of a series of measures to better engage the issue of racial injustice in America.
- Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Springfield used the occasion of Ash Wednesday to mark Pope Francis’ Jubilee of Mercy by apologizing to and seeking reconciliation with Catholics in Western Massachusetts.
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