In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the pope calling on lay Catholics to be on the front lines in spreading the Gospel, Israel holds national elections tomorrow, and Putin emerges from his prolonged public absence.

“I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities.” (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” (JN 4:48)

In the News:

  • Israel's elections are tomorrow, and the last polling there shows the outcome is uncertain -- and that Netanyahu's Likud Party could possibly lose.
  • In his first public appearance since March 5th, Russian President Vladimir Putin has remained quiet about his absence.
  • More snow fell on Boston on Sunday, enough to make this the snowiest season ever on record there. The National Weather Service said 2.9 inches fell by 7 p.m., pushing total snowfall for the winter of 2014-2015 to 108.6 inches.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Archbishop Tommaso Caputo of Pompeii said that his diocese has welcomed the Pope’s recent condemnation of organized crime and has several initiatives in place to help affected families.
  • Pope Francis reminded lay men and women of their place in the “front lines” in spreading the Gospel, living as Christian witnesses in the secular world.
  • Pope Francis has denounced teachers' low pay and said that computers can teach information but it takes a good teacher to instill values and hope in young people today and create harmony in society.

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