In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include new information about the co-pilot of the crashed German airline, a long-time Senator will not seek re-election, and the pope surprises guests at the Sistine Chapel.

"We are called to bear witness to a constantly new way of living together in fidelity to the Gospel. Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of community!" (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: "If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;" (John 10:37)

In the News:

  • The co-pilot blamed for deliberately crashing a German airliner into the Alps had concealed an illness from his employers and tore up a doctor's note that called for him to go on medical leave on the day of the tragedy, according to a statement from German prosecutors.
  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has led his party's troops since 2005, announced Friday he will not seek re-election to a sixth term.
  • The NCAA is "especially concerned" by a recently enacted law in Indiana, which hosts this year's Final Four, that grants businesses the right to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples, NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement released on Thursday.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • While enjoying a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, a group of VIP guests -- homeless people who live around the Vatican -- were surprised by a visit from Pope Francis.
  • Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French paper that doctrinal, or even disciplinary, decisions regarding marriage and family are not up for determination by national bishops’ conferences.
  • In a new series for National Catholic Reporter titled "Catholic Mission, Religious Freedom & LGBT Rights," Micheal Sean Winters discusses the controversy surrounding Notre Dame's decision to provide health benefits to same sex couples.
  • The brother and widow of two British aid workers killed by Islamic State militants last autumn were among the participants in yesterday’s General Audience, during which they briefly met with Pope Francis and received his blessing.

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