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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the results of the Israeli elections, the pope discusses the joy of children, and a major Christian denomination changes their stance on marriage.

“If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good.” (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: “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.” (JN 5:30)

In the News:

  • Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Wednesday to form a new governing coalition quickly after an upset election victory that was built on a shift to the right and is likely to worsen a troubled relationship with the White House.
  • A former U.S. Air Force mechanic accused of attempting to join ISIS will appear in court Wednesday to face terrorism charges.
  • An aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's nascent presidential campaign resigned on Tuesday after conservatives and Republican officials took issue with a series of critical tweets she posted about the Iowa caucuses.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis said Wednesday that children are a joy-filled gift for the Church and the world, and cautioned against an overcast society that lacks life because it has rejected and run out of children.
  • Following years of debate and introspection, America’s largest Presbyterian denomination has announced a change to its constitution that allows for a more inclusive definition of marriage.
  • Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia warns that the United States will face increasing pressure to abandon its traditionally broad protections for religious liberty, though he encouraged Christians never to give up hope in God’s love.

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