In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Cardinal Wuerl responds to the pope's exhortation, the pope gives the green light on beatification of martyrs, and the "Stop Trump" movement reorganizes.
“Let us never forget: in front of the suffering of so many people exhausted by hunger, violence, injustice, we cannot remain spectators. To ignore the suffering of man means to ignore God!” (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you." (John 15:9)
In the News:
- Donald Trump is facing a critical test in the final six weeks of the primary season: securing the 1,237 delegates needed to finally claim the Republican presidential nomination as his own.
- The “Stop Trump” movement is getting a new look as Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has taken the highly unusual step of picking an early running mate.
- Vice President Biden made a surprise visit to Iraq Thursday for what aides described as an effort to nurture the Iraqi government and build momentum for the fight against the Islamic State.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family presents a special challenge to laypeople to evangelize, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said Wednesday at the Catholic University of America.
- Pope Francis on Tuesday gave the green light for the beatification of 38 Albanian martyrs, all of whom were killed by the country’s atheistic, communist regime between 1945 and 1974.
- The denial of a playground resurfacing grant to a Lutheran school empowers religious discrimination, not constitutional principles, the U.S. Catholic bishops said in a Supreme Court brief.
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