In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the pope visiting a refugee center, what Good Friday really means, and the president in Argentina.
"Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: “They will look upon him whom they have pierced.” (John 19:37)
In the News:
- Belgian state media is reporting that two explosions have been heard and one person has been detained in police raids in the Brussels neighborhood of Schaerbeek.
- On the campaign trail, Donald Trump has a clear answer to questions about a contested convention in Cleveland — it's not happening.
- President Obama Thursday visited a memorial in Argentina to the thousands of people killed and disappeared during that country’s “dirty war,” on the 40th anniversary of the coup that started it.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis has visited a refugee centre to wash and kiss the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees — a gesture of welcome at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has risen after the Brussels and Paris attacks.
- In a new article for TIME, CACG executive director Christopher Hale talks about what Good Friday really means.
- Faith In Public Life's John Gehring asks pro-life Christians to reexamine the topic of the death penalty during Holy Week in a new article for National Catholic Reporter.
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