In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a call by U.S. bishops to support the framework of the Iranian nuclear program deal, the pope visits Bosnia, and new details on the abductions by Boko Haram. 

"A community that is renewed in the Spirit has the grace of unity and harmony." (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: "If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?" (John 3:12)

In the News:

  • Iraqi forces have pushed the Islamic State out of about 25% of the territory seized during the militants' lightning advance last year, according to a Pentagon assessment released Monday.
  • As a key Senate panel prepares to vote on handling an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, a new poll finds overwhelming support for the idea that Congress should have a role in deciding whether the United States supports the final agreement.
  • Boko Haram has abducted at least 2,000 women and girls in Nigeria since the start of 2014, forcing many into sexual slavery or combat, Amnesty International said on the first anniversary of the abduction of more than 270 schoolgirls.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • The head of the U.S. Bishops' international peace committee supports the new framework for Iran's nuclear program and asked Congress not to “undermine” the deal.
  • Pope Francis will meet with a vast array of different groups during his day trip to Bosnia, which is a visit Sarajevo’s cardinal says could help ease political and ethnic tensions after the country’s recent war.
  • In his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis declared being a living witness to Jesus Christ is more than mere advertising: it's the act of courage in proclaiming the Gospel “with frankness” even to the point of martyrdom.

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