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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a new article by CACG's deputy development director Jennifer Labbadia, additional states debate Religious Freedom Acts, and the president gets tough on cyber attacks.

"The joy of the Gospel is such that it cannot be taken away from us by anyone or anything." (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: “My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.” (John 26:18)

In the News:

  • Iran and six world powers resumed nuclear talks on Wednesday, hours after an earlier deadline passed without an agreement.
  • President Obama said Wednesday he is authorizing a new sanctions program to penalize individuals, businesses and governments that "engage in malicious cyber-enabled activities" that undermine U.S. security and financial stability.
  • The world's oldest person, died Wednesday, just weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • In a new article for the Huffington Post, Jennifer Labbadia of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good writes about the pope's relationship with women. 
  • Local and state leaders and organizations urged Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto House Bill 1228 — the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" — and raised concerns about what the measure could mean for the future of business in the Natural State.
  • Hailing from around the world, a group led by an excommunicated bishop call themselves a ‘resistance’ movement against Vatican reforms. The response from the Vatican was swift and unequivocal: ‘Excommunication is automatic’.

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