In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include an upset victory for Bernie Sanders, an increase in worldwide Catholics, and the vice president comments on the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
"The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” (John 5:30)
In the News:
- In an unusually stinging critique, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday said the United States not only deplored a recent wave of Palestinian attacks in Israel but also “condemns the failure to condemn these acts.”
- Bernie Sanders pulled off a shocking upset victory in Michigan on Tuesday, overcoming a double-digit deficit in the polls to win his largest state yet.
- Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles Wednesday, state media reported, just a day after other missile tests that Washington suggests were in violation of a U.N. resolution.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Google has marked International Women’s Day with a special live-action Google Doodle featuring real women discussing their hopes for the future, and a famous scientist mentions Pope Francis.
- Pope Francis heard powerful words from the papal retreat master on Tuesday morning at the “Divine Master” retreat house in Ariccia, just south of Rome, as he and members of the Curia entered the second full day of their Lenten retreat.
- The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal.
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