In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include Sen. Sanders announcing his bid for president, new information on Freddie Gray, and the pope calls for an end to the wage gap between genders.
“Why should it be taken for granted that women must earn less than men? The disparity is pure scandal,” (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: "From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.” (John 13:19)
In the News:
- A prisoner sharing a police van with Freddie Gray the night he died of spinal injuries while in police custody in Baltimore purportedly told investigators that Gray was "banging against walls" inside the vehicle and was "intentionally trying to injure himself".
- Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator, announced his run for president in an email to supporters and media sent just after midnight early Thursday morning.
- Reports newly released by the inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department offer a litany of instances of dysfunction or mistreatment of veterans at VA facilities across the country and show that in many cases, the department's chief watchdog trusted the VA to correct problems on its own rather than make findings public.
Pope Francis and church news:
- Pope Francis called the gender pay gap a "pure scandal" in remarks Wednesday on marriage and family.
- A study on Twitter accounts of world leaders has determined that Pope Francis is the most influential user by the rate of his average retweets and favorites, which is eight times higher than U.S. President Barack Obama.
- Students from an Omaha Catholic high school used an annual fundraiser Wednesday to show support for a gay teacher who won't be teaching there next semester.
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