In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include nuclear talks between the United States and Iran, the Academy Awards, and a message from the pope about Lent.

“Love for others, and in the first place love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice.” (Pope John Paul II)

Today's Reading: “Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
find favor before you.” (Psalms 9:15)

In the News:

  • High-level nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran resumed in Geneva on Monday as both sides work through technical and political differences to come up with an initial deal by a March 31 deadline.
  • Four major winter storms have dumped nearly eight feet of snow on Massachusetts, costing the state more than $100 million and potentially billions in lost economic activity.
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 87th Academy Awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis declared Armenian poet and monk, Saint Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Universal Church.
  • The 40 days of Lent are a reminder that we face spiritual deserts, and we must confront them with courage and the aid of Scripture, Pope Francis said during his weekly Angelus address.
  • After meeting with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit to Rome, one of Ukraine's bishops said the country faces a humanitarian crisis in conflict areas and called for dialogue and prayers for peace.

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