In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the CEO of Apple weighing in on religious freedom laws, a new study shows the pope's popularity soaring, and half of the United States struggles to save money.

"Crowd, celebration, praise, blessing, peace: it is a climate of joy that is being experienced. Jesus has reawakened many hopes of the heart, above all in the humble people, the simple, poor, forgotten, those who do not count in the eyes of the world." (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: "You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me." (John 12:8)

In the News:

  • The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed into the French Alps last week had been treated for suicidal tendencies years ago but had shown no signs of being a danger to others, a German prosecutor said Monday.
  • President Barack Obama's passport number and personal details were accidentally revealed — along with those of other world leaders — by Australia's immigration agency, according to The Guardian newspaper.
  • In a new study, a reported 46 percent of the country’s consumers store less than 5 percent of their annual incomes into longer-term savings.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • In a guest column for the Washington Post, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses why pro-discrimination "religious freedom" laws are dangerous.
  • New data from a Georgetown University study indicates Pope Francis is more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn’t even visited the U.S. yet, a trip that is planned for September and could well boost his visibility — and appeal — even further.
  • Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion and shed light on the dramatic plight of Christians in the country.

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