In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Supreme Court reviewing another challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the pope supports his embattled finance czar, and Israel's prime minister addressed Congress on Tuesday.  

“The challenge of politics and public service is to discover what is interfering with justice and dignity for the individual here and now, and then to decide swiftly upon the appropriate remedies.” (Robert F. Kennedy)

Today's Reading: "Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave." (MT 20:26)

In the News:

  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday considers the most serious challenge to the Affordable Care Act since the justices upheld it as constitutional almost three years ago. At issue is whether millions of Americans who receive tax subsidies to buy health insurance are doing so illegally.
  • With dark warnings and a call to action, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel used one of the world’s most prominent venues on Tuesday to denounce what he called a “bad deal” being negotiated with Iran and to mount an audacious challenge to President Obama.
  • Around 47 million Americans were under a severe weather watch Wednesday as a winter storm threatened to pelt Kentucky, the Ohio Valley and southern Plains with ice and record-setting snow before moving toward New York City and Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis on Tuesday stood behind his embattled finance czar Cardinal George Pell, signing a series of statutes consolidating Pell's authority and giving him sweeping powers to oversee Vatican finances.
  • Six months after the end of the most recent war in Gaza, there is still a "grave humanitarian crisis" in the narrow strip wedged between the Egyptian and Israeli borders, where more than 1.8 million Palestinians live closed off to the world because of an international embargo.
  • In his general audience Pope Francis condemned modern society for silently disposing of the elderly, saying that a civilization which views them only as burdensome is ‘perverse’ and ill.

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