In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a worldwide growth in the Catholic Church, a change in how Christians view religion's role in politics, and a new poll shows a close race between GOP presidential candidates.

"The light of the Gospel guides all who put themselves at the service of the civilization of love." (Pope Francis)

Today's Reading: “You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.” (Mark 12:14)

In the News:

  • The 2016 presidential race is unsettled as ever. A new poll released shows 7 of 11 of the GOP candidates within 3 points of another and not one having more than 11 percentage points.
  • Families wait in vain as rescue crews are still trying to find and save close to 450 people, after a cruise ship capsized in the Yangtze River Monday night.
  • SCOTUS ruled in favor yesterday of a young woman who cited discriminatory practices in their refusal to hire her at Abercrombie and Fitch.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • A new report that mapped the world's 1.2 billion Catholics reveals a variety of surprises about the faith.While more people than ever before are receiving the core sacraments of Catholicism, there has only been a 7% growth in parishes since 1980.
  • In the eve of the 2016 Presidential Race American Christians are eager to change religion's role in politics. Spears and Norris suggest that encouraging and cultivating a political identity rooted first in Christ, one that pursues compassion for the poor, justice for the oppressed, and protection for the weak, are just a few ways Christians can find a renewed spirit in politics. 
  •  The firing of a gay priest from Seton Hall University brings attention to the Catholic Church's internal debate over how to relate to gay parishioners.

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