In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a new round of 2016 primaries, the Zika virus spreading to Europe, and the pope talks about the importance of mercy.
"Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the ‘culture of waste.’ If a computer breaks it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs and dramas of so many people end up being considered normal." (Pope Francis)
Today's Gospel: "For whoever is not against us is for us." (Mark 9:40)
In the News:
- Washington, D.C., is the fittest city in the United States for the third year in a row, according to a ranking of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country.
- As the Democratic primary nears its end, Hillary Clinton barely wins in Kentucky and Bernie Sanders wins in Oregon.
- The Zika virus, an infectious disease linked to severe birth defects in babies, may spread into Europe as the weather gets warmer, although the risk is low, health officials said on Wednesday.
Pope Francis and church news:
- People of faith have the responsibility to "advocate for their faith," not only through good works, but on spiritual realms -- one being through prayer, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said May 17 at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.
- If we don’t show mercy to others we shouldn’t expect to get it from God, Pope Francis said recently in St. Peter's Square. The pope stressed that while turning a blind eye to the poor might make life on earth easier, the eternal result will be much different.
- True happiness exists in the love of faith, family and fresh guacamole, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and writing partner, Jeannie, told more than 1,700 graduates of the Class of 2016 during The Catholic University of America's 127th annual commencement.
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