In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Apple's fight with the federal government, the Girl Scouts conflict with the church, and the Vatican remarks on the pope's stance on contraception and the Zika virus.
"Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak." (Saint Anthony of Padua)
Today's Gospel: "I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 16:19)
In the News:
- Apple is urging the government to withdraw its request to break into the iPhone of one of the killers in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings, claiming such a move would create "dangerous implications."
- A married, father of two who moonlighted as an Uber driver is being blamed for a shooting rampage Saturday night that left six people dead and two others wounded. Investigators are still trying to uncover the motive of the shooter.
- After coursing through the first three intimate contests, the Republican presidential race is now accelerating to full throttle, becoming a truly national election that appears to favor celebrity front-runner Donald Trump against a bitterly divided field of opponents.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis, who has repeatedly called for an end to the death penalty, on Sunday proposed that Catholic leaders suspend the practice for a year to mark the Holy Year of Mercy.
- The Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis has issued a letter asking pastors to cut ties with local Girl Scout troops. The church said it's concerned about the Scouts' positions on social issues.
- Pope Francis' remarks regarding the use of contraceptives to avoid pregnancy in the face of the deadly Zika virus indicate that in cases of such emergencies Catholics can in fact decide to prevent pregnancy, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi has said.
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