In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a court decision on voting rights, the migrant crisis in Europe, and a state struggles to promote social justice.
"Those who sincerely say ‘Jesus, I trust in You’ will find comfort in all their anxieties and fears." (Pope St. John Paul II)
Today's Gospel: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)
In the News:
- The Supreme Court refused to change the way state and municipal voting districts are drawn, denying an effort by conservatives that could have increased the number of rural, mostly white districts at the expense of urban, largely Hispanic ones.
- More than 200 people have been put on boats by Greek police and sent back to Turkey under a deal the EU brokered with Ankara to stem the flow of refugees to Europe.
- Russia said Monday that President Vladimir Putin was the main target of an unprecedented media leak into the financial activity of wealthy individuals who hold accounts offshore.
Pope Francis and church news:
- On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said the “Gospel of Mercy” begun by Jesus and the apostles is still unfinished, and is an open book that each person is called to write through their words and actions.
- Louisiana ranks 51st -- dead last among all states and the District of Columbia -- in an index of nine "social justice indicators" that measure poverty, racial disparity and immigrant exclusion, according to experts from the Jesuit Social Justice Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans.
- Pope Francis announced that a special collection will be taken up in all Catholic churches in Europe April 24, the funds of which will go toward relief for all suffering due to ongoing violence in Ukraine.
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