In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include encouraging job numbers for February, Harrison Ford is injured after crashing his plane in Los Angeles, and a new poll shows the pope more popular than ever.

"If I only sat down with people who agreed with me, and I with them, or with those who were saints, I’d be taking all my meals alone." (Cardinal Timothy Dolan)

Today's Reading: "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?" (MT 21:42)

In the News:

  • The nation added 295,000 jobs last month, according to government data released Friday morning, extending a labor market boom that is powering the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent, a new post-recession low.
  • Harrison Ford "saved several lives" by avoiding crashing his vintage plane into a densely populated area, an eyewitness told NBC News on Friday. The 72-year-old star was hospitalized after he ditched his World War II training plane on a Los Angeles golf course Thursday after losing engine power.
  • Powerhouse tech gadget-maker Apple is replacing telecom player AT&T on the Dow Jones stock index, a company first added to the Dow back on Oct. 4, 1916, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • As the second anniversary of Pope Francis' election approached, an international group of philosophers, sociologists and theologians gathered to discuss how to renew the church in a secular age; many said that is exactly what Pope Francis is doing.
  • Cardinal Edward Egan, who shepherded the Archdiocese of New York through financial troubles and helped heal the nation’s largest city after the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks, died Thursday of cardiac arrest at his Manhattan residence. He was 82 years old.
  • According to the Pew Research Center, Pope Francis is more popular than ever in the U.S., with 95 percent of Catholics who go to church every week — and even two-thirds of those with no religion — giving him high marks.

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