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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a letter by professor William V. D’Antonio on the life and legacy of Father Ted Hesburgh, the second anniversary of the Francis papacy, and supporters of the embattled Archbishop of San Francisco try to make their voices heard.   

“Works of love directed to one’s neighbour are the most perfect external manifestation of the interior grace of the Spirit.” (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (MK 12:31)

In the News:

  • As Iraqi forces attempt to root ISIS out of Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, a general known for his military might and political prowess has stepped out of the shadows to shepherd the fight.
  • Supporters of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have launched a new super PAC called America Leads, another sign the tough-talking Republican is planning to forge ahead with a presidential run in 2016 despite his faltering support.
  • Less than 24 hours after two officers were hit by gunfire, a quieter protest took place outside police headquarters Thursday night, with no problems or arrests in this city torn by racial unrest. Missouri highway patrol and St. Louis County police took over security for the evening.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Professor William V. D’Antonio of the Catholic University of America takes time to reflect on the life and legacy of Father Ted Hesburgh.
  • Marking the second anniversary of his election March 13, Pope Francis spoke about the conclave that elected him in 2013, about his life the last two years and about the future in an interview with Valentina Alazraki of Mexico's Televisa.
  • Amid a PR campaign and protests against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s attempt to clarify Catholic teaching in the San Francisco schools, those who support the archbishop say their voices are not being heard.

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