In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include an agreement to amend Indiana's "religious freedom" law, a terrorist attack at a university in Kenya, and Iranian and U.S. officials continue to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
"The Bible tells us that justice is to be found in mercy." (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21)
In the News:
- Armed gunmen stormed a university in northern Kenya on Thursday, taking nearly 600 students and staff members hostage. At least 21 were killed and another 65 seriously wounded, officials said.
- United States, Iran and European Union leaders working on a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program took a several-hour pause to sleep early Thursday after a marathon session that lasted through the night.
- The second black box from the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps last week has been found, a French prosecutor's office confirmed Thursday.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Indiana Republican legislative leaders, under growing pressure from inside and outside the state, said Thursday that lawmakers had reached agreement to amend Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" law to ensure it does not discriminate against gay and lesbian customers of Indiana businesses.
- Muslims will outnumber Christians by 2070, ending two millenniums of Christian dominance going back to the birth of Jesus Christ, projections released Thursday by the Pew Research Center show.
- Americans have an overwhelmingly positive view of Pope Francis, with just 6% of respondents in a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll saying they view the pontiff negatively.
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