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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include another Republican joining the 2016 presidential race, jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing begin deliberations, and the pope calls on the international community to do something about the killing of Christians.

"The Lord is keeping watch and, by the power of his love, he is bringing his people through the Red Sea." (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: “I have seen the Lord,” (John 20:18)

In the News:

  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul officially joined the 2016 presidential race today, hoping to remake the Republican Party with a mix of libertarian and conservative ideals that can attract minorities and young people.
  • Greece released its first quantifiable demand for WWII reparations from Germany on Monday, estimating that the German government owed Greece 279 billion euros ($305 billion) in damages from the Nazi occupation of the country.
  • Jurors in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began deliberations Tuesday, a day after both prosecutors and his lawyers told them Tsarnaev must be held accountable for participating in the terror attack.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • In a new article for the Huffington Post, state director of Keystone Catholics, Stephen Seufert, discusses if businesses and lawmakers can use religious freedom to discriminate.
  • Pope Francis pressed the international community to do something about the killing of Christians in several parts of the world and not "look the other way."
  • While the BBC historical drama "Wolf Hall" is enjoying widespread popularity in the United Kingdom, American bishops are hotly denouncing the six-part teleseries as being historically inaccurate.

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