In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Republicans choosing to block an Obama Supreme Court nominee, the pope visits a hospital in Mexico, and a new Permanent Observer to the UN is chosen by the Vatican.
“Help make this blessed land of Mexico a land of opportunities, where there will be no need to emigrate in order to dream, no need to be exploited in order to work,” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions." (Matthew 6:15)
In the News:
- Mitch McConnell has decided to wager the Republican majority in the Senate on blocking Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court.
- A winter storm brought a snowy, icy mess from Georgia to Maine on Monday, snarling air and road travel and threatening power outages across the region.
- Turkey's defense minister said his country has no intention of sending ground troops into Syria amid international concern over Ankara's shelling of armed Kurdish groups in the war-torn country.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis on Sunday visited a pediatric hospital in Mexico City. He met the children being treated there, gave them rosaries and prayed with them.
- Slovenia-born Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic will be the Holy See’s next Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, a significant appointment given his experience in diplomacy.
- Pope Francis continued his six-day Mexican tour Sunday with a visit to this crime-plagued Mexico City suburb to launch a blistering critique against the tripartite temptations of wealth, vanity and pride -- which he said "lock us into a cycle of destruction and sin."
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