In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the death of a beloved and respected leader at Notre Dame University, a invite by the pope to those who have left the church, and Senator Rubio attacks the foreign policy of Obama and Hillary Clinton. 

“Our personal experience of being accompanied and assisted, and of openness to those who accompany us, will teach us to be patient and compassionate with others, and to find the right way to gain their trust, their openness and their readiness to grow.” (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: “Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.” (Psalms 130:2)

In the News:

  • House Republicans on Thursday presented a plan for a stopgap bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks, raising hopes of averting a looming shutdown of the agency.
  • A husband and wife thought to be Rockland County's oldest married couple will celebrate their birthdays this weekend — with a combined age of 212.
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the most focused on national security of the potential 2016 field, told an audience of conservative activists at CPAC that the administration’s “Obama-Clinton” foreign policy means “our allies no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us. This is the road our president has placed us on.’’

Pope Francis and church news:

  • The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years and wielded influence with U.S. presidents on civil rights and other charged issues of his era, died Feb. 26 on the university campus. He was 97.
  • Fallen away Catholics are being invited to “come home” this Lent through a worldwide initiative led by Pope Francis, which points to confession as a primary way to experience God's merciful embrace.
  • A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue.

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