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In today's Catholic Daily Roundup, top stories include the death of an American hero, updates on the movie "Silence", and a new poll on Pope Francis' favorability.

“Father, I am seeking: I am hesitant and uncertain, but will you, O God, watch over each step of mine and guide me.” St. Augustine

Today's Gospel: "To what shall I compare this generation?" (Matthew 11:16)

In the News:

  • John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.
  • South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging coal-state Senate Democrats to take "yes for an answer," as a bloc of Democratic senators continue fighting a short-term government funding measure — raising the real threat of a shutdown at midnight Friday if the standoff over coalminer’s benefits drags on.

Pope Francis and church news:

  • In two long interviews with Jesuit publications, director Martin Scorsese described his new film "Silence" as a major stage in his pilgrimage of faith, a pilgrimage that included flunking out of the minor seminary, investigating other religions and recognizing that the Catholic Church was his home.
  • In a new piece for National Catholic Reporter, Fr. Thomas Reese explores if Catholic church was in danger of schism over the issue of Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics when four cardinals questioned Pope Francis on the matter.
  • A new poll shows that Pope Francis’ favorability dipped slightly among U.S. adults in general, but has risen among adult Catholics to just above what it was a year ago.

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