In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a message to women from the pope, the GOP pushes back against the president's nuclear talks with Iran, and the humanitarian situation in Syria worsens.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Today's Reading: "Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place." (LK 4:24)

In the News:

  • The Islamic State ­appears to be starting to fray from within, as dissent, defections and setbacks on the battlefield sap the group’s strength and erode its aura of invincibility among those living under its despotic rule.
  • The University of Oklahoma is investigating a video circulating on social media allegedly showing members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing racist language, the school's president said Sunday.
  • As the United States, western nations, China, and Russia are negotiating with Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions, 47 Senate Republicans led by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) sent an open letter to Iran to suggest they can undo whatever President Obama's administration agrees to.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • On International Women's Day, Pope Francis thanked women, "who in thousands of ways, witness to the Gospel and work in the church."
  • U.S.C.C.B. officials warn that the Syrian refugee crisis—4 million people have fled the war-torn state—has reached a dangerous “tipping point.”
  • Artist Shen Jiawei, once a painter of Communist propaganda in China, now is the unofficial portrait artist for the Vatican.

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