In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a crippling winter storm across the nation, Cardinal Dolan's remarks on ISIS, and major Catholic publications join together to denounce the death penalty.

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men; and along those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and come back to us as effects." (Herman Melville)

Today's Reading: "Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance." (LK 8:15)

In the News:

  • Winter's latest storm of the season is shaping up to be a monster, with freezing rain or snow stretching Thursday from North Texas to New Jersey, forcing thousands of canceled flights.
  • A congressional committee issued subpoenas Wednesday seeking information about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private e-mail account for official business while she was secretary of state, setting up a potential legal clash with the presumptive Democratic front-runner for president.
  • North Korea hailed the slashing attack against the U.S. ambassador in Seoul as “deserved punishment” for the United States joining military exercises on the Korean peninsula, adding possible new tensions Thursday amid the political fallout after the assault.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Four U.S. Catholic publications with a broad range of audiences have come together in a joint editorial citing Church leaders in calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States.
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Islamic State militants terrorizing the Middle East are a distortion of “genuine” Islam much as the Irish Republican Army was a “perversion” of Catholicism.
  • When people trust in the world more than in God, their heart becomes numb and their eyes blind to those in need, Pope Francis said.

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