In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include a manhunt in New York, the meeting between Pope Francis and Russian President Putin, and new studies show a national drop in underage drinking and abortion.
“We are to be like Christ, who responds to every plea for his help with love, mercy and compassion.” (Pope Francis)
Today's Reading: “leave your gift there at the altar,” (Matthew 5:24)
In the News:
- Roads and schools were closed and a manhunt intensified Thursday in an area near the New York state prison as authorities investigated a new lead into the whereabouts of two escaped killers.
- Underage drinking and binge drinking rates among young people are on the decline across the USA, a new government study finds.
- House leaders have scheduled a final vote Friday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bill, which has pitted many Democrats against their own president.
Pope Francis and church news:
- The ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine was the principal topic during the meeting between Pope Francis met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican yesterday.
- Abortion rates have declined by 12 percent nationwide since 2010, and pro-life groups say changing attitudes among the younger generation could be the cause.
- A week before the anticipated release of Pope Francis' encyclical on human ecology and the environment, the U.S. bishops were urged to help Catholics hear and understand it.
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