In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include an army helicopter crashing in Florida, the pope calls for free and fair elections, and the investigation of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma expands.

“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.” (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: "I have come not to abolish but to fulfill." (MT 5:17)

In the News:

  • Seven Marines and four crew members were missing and presumed dead Wednesday after an Army helicopter crashed during a training exercise in waters off the Florida Panhandle.
  • The University of Oklahoma continued its quest for healing Wednesday while a national fraternity was trying to determine if racist chants such as the one that made national headlines in Norman are pervasive at Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapters elsewhere in the nation.
  • Utah lawmakers approved a measure that would make firing squad the method of execution in the state if authorities can't obtain increasingly scarce lethal injection drugs.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • His Holiness Pope Francis called upon candidates in his home nation of Argentina to hold a “free, unfinanced campaign” during a question and answer session with low-income youth from Buenos Aires.
  • Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, according to the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference.
  • A small, inconspicuous cemetery inside the Vatican walls made headlines recently with the burial of a Belgian homeless man, Willy Herteleer.

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