CV LOOP: Gorsuch to be sworn in today



SUPREME COURT // The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch on a 54-45 vote on Friday. And he will likely have a big and immediate impact on several cases — including one on religious liberty.

SYRIA // Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday said the Trump administration’s top priority in respect to Syria is decimating the Islamic State before deciding how to dismantle Bashar Assad’s regime.

SYRIA // Human rights activist Jason Jones has released a video to warn against continuing Obama’s legacy in the Middle East. He quoted a local Yezidi: “We don’t want to be refugees in America. We want you to stop destroying our countries. Help us stay safe here in the region.”

TERRORISM // Palm Sunday attacks in Egypt are the latest brutality against Coptic Christians — a major target of ISIS.

PRO-LIFE // Texas House votes to defund Planned Parenthood and send $20 million to pregnancy centers.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY // Republicans call on Trump to honor promise to defend religious liberty.

ELECTIONS // Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the vacant seat on the Supreme Court won the election for Donald Trump. “At the end, this issue more than any other, elected Donald Trump, because, at the end, you had two candidates who were overwhelmingly unpopular,” he said.

CATHOLIC // The percentage of priests in the world did increase by 0.83 percent between 2010 and 2015. With priests, Africa and Asia show a sustained growth dynamic, while the Americas remained almost stationary in that period. Europe and Oceania recorded negative rates of growth.

CATHOLIC // Religious-freedom advocates at the U.S. Capitol last week sent a message of solidarity to all those imprisoned or tortured for their religious beliefs. “You are not alone. We are here with you, and we together will fight for your freedom,” said Kristina Arriaga, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

SAINT // Saint Magdalen of Canossa –

DAILY MASS // “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” (Ps 27:1) –

WITNESS // Palm Sunday in Egypt 2017. Never forget the precious martyrs’ sacrifice.

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer is also regular contributor with Catholic Pulse. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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