In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Justice Scalia's funeral, Pope Francis and Donald Trump square off, and Ted Cruz is challenged in court.
"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel," (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: "Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny." (Matthew 5:26)
In the News:
- Justice Antonin Scalia’s body will lie in repose on Friday in the Supreme Court’s majestic Great Hall, not far from the courtroom where he dominated the court’s arguments for three decades and helped shape American law.
- Donald Trump began his final full day of campaigning in South Carolina by backing off his claim — somewhat — that former president George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- A judge will hear arguments on Friday from an Illinois voter alleging that Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is not a "natural-born citizen" and should be disqualified for the party's nomination.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Thrusting himself into the combative 2016 presidential campaign, Pope Francis said Thursday that GOP front-runner Donald Trump "is not Christian" if he calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
- Despite a rush of headlines claiming Pope Francis is softening the Church's stance on contraception, a closer look at his recent remarks could suggest otherwise.
- The papal apostolic exhortation in response to the synod of bishops on the family is expected to have some reference to the "internal forum" as a solution to the pastoral problems of divorced and remarried Catholics.
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