In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the president in Saudi Arabia, the pope talks about mercy, and the migrant crisis in Europe.
"Refugees know the roads that lead to peace, because they know the acrid smell of war." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: "I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness." (John 12:46)
In the News:
- Up to 500 migrants trying to reach Europe may have drowned off north Africa last week, the United Nations' refugee agency said Wednesday, although exact details of the tragedy remained unclear.
- President Barack Obama landed in Riyadh on Wednesday to meet with Saudi King Salman and other Persian Gulf leaders.
- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton notched resounding victories in New York Tuesday night, answering questions about their command of the race as the front-runners moved significantly closer to their party's nominations.
Pope Francis and church news:
- On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of knowing how to distinguish between sin and sinner, adding that God’s mercy is not afraid to reach out and touch our sins in order to forgive them.
- A group of prominent global Catholic theologians, priests and bishops who have been criticized by the Vatican's chief doctrinal office have come together to call for a new process for theological investigations in the church that would be marked by openness and transparency instead of deep secrecy.
- Lending their voices, support and prayers, dozens of sisters from various congregations gathered with hundreds of immigrants and advocates in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building April 18 as justices heard oral arguments regarding Obama Administration immigration policies.
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