In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the deadline for making a deal in regards to Iran's nuclear program nears, the prosecution rests its case in the Boston Bombing trial, and the Governor of Indiana continues to defend a controversial religious freedom law.

"The joy of faith, the joy of the Gospel is the touchstone of the faith of a person." (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.” (John 13:33)

In the News:

  • Iranian and American negotiators give themselves a 50-50 chance of reaching a nuclear agreement before Tuesday's deadline, with several notable disagreements remaining in the political framework.
  • Oil prices have plummeted ahead of the deadline on Wednesday for Iran to reach a deal over its nuclear programme that would lift US sanctions and potentially result a massive increase of crude exports by the Islamic republic.
  • After presenting emotional testimony about the the physical damage one of the bombs inflicted on 8-year-old Martin Richard, the prosecution rested in its case against admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday continued his aggressive defense of Indiana's religious freedom law but said he was working on new legislation that will "clarify the law."
  • A group of Catholic social justice organizations released a statement declaring the TPP investment chapter unjust, saying it puts profits before people.
  • In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

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