In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a growing migrant crisis in Europe, a Republican presidential candidate discusses whether being gay is a choice, and an increasing number of states debate legislation advocating medically assisted death.
“Respect for life, and above all for the dignity of the human person, is the ultimate guiding norm for any sound economic, industrial or scientific progress.” (Pope Jon Paul II)
Today's Reading: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” (John 6:28)
In the News:
- As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis.
- A pair of prominent survivors deeply affected by the Boston Marathon bombings joined Bill and Denise Richard Sunday in asking the federal government not to pursue the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said on Sunday that he didn't think being gay was a choice but rather the way some people were born.
Pope Francis and church news:
- A video purporting to show the killing of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State-affiliated militants in Libya has been released online.
- Pope Francis, speaking after some 700 migrants were feared dead in the Mediterranean, on Sunday appealed to the international community to take swift and decisive action to avoid more tragedies.
- More than a dozen states, plus the District of Columbia, are considering controversial medically assisted death legislation this year.
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