In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the new Speaker of the House, diplomats meet to discuss the conflict in Syria, and female prisoners in Italy send a special message to Pope Francis.

“It’s impossible for God to not love us!" (Pope Francis)

Today's Gospel: "I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie; my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness" (Romans 9:1)

In the News:

Pope Francis and church news:

  • Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with fundamentalist groups because they aren’t interested in building the necessary relationships.
  • Pope Francis says God can only love and not condemn and that love is His weakness and our victory. He said we are so closely bound to God’s love that nothing can sever us from it. That was the message at the heart of the Pope’s homily delivered on Thursday at the Santa Marta residence.
  • In the courtyard of the largest women's prison in Italy, inmates gathered to perform a flash mob dance in honor of Pope Francis. The women perform their routine to "Pope is Pop" a song about Pope Francis written by Italian composer Igor Nogarotto.

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