In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the last debate before the New York primary, a compromise emerges from the contraceptive mandate debate, and the pope discusses martyrs of the church.
“Have the courage to be different. Don’t let yourselves get swallowed up by a society of consumption and empty appearances.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: "They shall all be taught by God." (John 6:45)
In the News:
- Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will face off in CNN's Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn Thursday night as they spar ahead of a critical contest in New York — a state where both candidates have deep roots.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday media reports about offshore accounts in Panama were a "provocation" and the German newspaper behind the leaks was beholden to US bank Goldman Sachs.
- Top forecasters from Colorado State University predict a near-average 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, suggesting that 12 tropical storms will form, of which 5 will become hurricanes.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The religious nonprofits challenging the US government’s contraceptive mandate have said they would accept a new proposal to safeguard their freedom.
- The courageous witness of those who have given their life for the Gospel is needed in a world that is often antagonistic toward its message, Pope Francis said to an audience Thursday at Rome's Pontifical Scots College.
- Nebraska’s body governing school athletics has failed to overturn a policy that will recognize gender identity rather than biological sex as a standard for student athletes, and last week the state’s bishops said they “deeply regret” the situation.
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