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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a major announcement by Senator Ted Cruz, Puerto Rico rules on same-sex marriage, and the pope visit Naples. 

"Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ." (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." (John 8:7)

In the News:

  • Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off a new phase in the 2016 presidential race Monday when he declared himself a candidate for the GOP nomination, setting the stage for a frenetic battle among Republicans eager to take back the White House.
  • The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a major challenge to Wisconsin's voter ID law, delivering a victory to Republicans who favor tougher election laws.
  • Democratic Florida congressman Patrick Murphy said on Monday he would run in 2016 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Marco Rubio, a high-profile Republican who is considering a presidential bid.
  • Puerto Rico's Justice Department announced Friday that it will not defend the U.S. territory's laws banning gay marriage in a major turnaround for the socially conservative island that surprised many.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • In an interview with Advocate.com, state director of Keystone Catholics, Stephen Seufert, discusses the work being done to promote the values of social justice Catholics in regards to the LGBT issue.
  • Hope is the first act of resistance to evil, Pope Francis told the people of Naples as he pleaded for respect for the dignity of immigrants, jobs for the unemployed and the conversion of the city's notorious mafia families.
  • Pope Francis on Sunday invited members of Rome's homeless community to join volunteers in handing out copies of the Gospel to pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square, a reminder of how God's Word is found among the poorest of society.
  • Employees with Pizzeria Don Ernesto in Naples, Italy, had heard that Pope Francis enjoys pizza, so the restaurant prepared a pie: a white and yellow pizza featuring yellow cherry tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella.

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