In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the Republican debate in Florida, peace talks in Syria, and 200 human rights, faith, indigenous rights, environmental, labor, and nongovernmental groups ask for an investigation into the murder of a prominent human rights defender.
"In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals, but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” (John 7:29)
In the News:
- Ben Carson, the former pediatric neurosurgeon who dropped out of the Republican primary last week, endorsed Donald Trump on Friday.
- The main, Western-backed Syrian opposition groups say they'll attend U.N.-sponsored peace talks with the Damascus government in Geneva starting on Monday.
- Before a critical round of primaries on Tuesday, the Republican presidential field gathered for a debate in Florida, site of perhaps next week's most pivotal contest.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The Vatican will appoint Archbishop Christophe Pierre to be the new ambassador to the United States, replacing an ambassador whose tenure has sparked controversy, reports say.
- Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, along with over 200 other human rights, faith, indigenous rights, environmental, labor, and nongovernmental groups, signed a letter addressed to Secretary John Kerry about supporting an independent investigation on the murder of of Berta Cáceres; a prominent human rights and environmental defender.
- The Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians contend that Christians in Libya, Iraq and Syria are victims of genocide carried out by the Islamic State in a new report.
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