In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the White House announcing the pope's visit, new details about the Germanwings flight, and Palestinian president Abbas is invited to the Vatican for the second time.

"some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. " (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: "If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me," (John 8:54)

In the News:

  • The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps deliberately worked to destroy the plane, a French prosecutor said at a news conference Thursday in Marseille.
  • A political group that helped elect Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York is joining forces with one of America's biggest unions and other activists to campaign on behalf of two candidates running for city council in next month's election in Ferguson, Mo.
  • An HIV "epidemic" fueled by needle-sharing opiate addicts has infected at least 72 people in one southern Indiana county as Gov. Mike Pence plans to declare a public health emergency in that community on Thursday.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Pope Francis will visit the White House in September during his trip to the United States, the Obama administration announced Thursday.
  • During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke about the gift and call of the Christian family, and urged attendees to pray for the intentions of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family.
  • Nearly a year since taking part in a prayer for Middle East peace in the Vatican Gardens, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has been invited to the Vatican a second time, for the canonization Mass of two Palestinians.

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