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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the president sending a message to the people of Iran, a new study shows Catholics are worried about global warming, and the pope accepts the resignation of a cardinal. 

"With Christ joy is constantly born anew." (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading:  "I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me." (John 7:29)

In the News:

  • Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told a Senate panel Thursday that previous reports of a car crash interrupting a recent bomb investigation at the White House complex were overstated.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama, in a message to Iran's people and leaders, said this year represented the "best opportunity in decades" to pursue a different relationship between their two countries.
  • Millions of Americans across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic were expected to see snow on the first day of spring Friday, with accumulations of up to five inches forecast in several major cities.
  • In his first American television interview since winning re-election this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to back away from his declaration that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • A study released by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has found that more Catholics in the United States are worried about global warming than other Christian groups and they are more supportive of policy action to reduce the effects of climate change.
  • In a rare move, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien from the rights and duties of a cardinal, the Vatican announced on Friday.
  • Attending religious services regularly can confer many things besides salvation. For generations in America, houses of worship were places where families built relationships with similar families, and where clergy could provide the kind of mentorship that helped working class kids step up the economic ladder.

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