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SRI LANKA The terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. A senior Sri Lankan official said that the preliminary investigation shows the attack was “retaliation” for the massacre of Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  READ
NEW CARAVAN Approximately 10,000 migrants are traveling through Mexico in a massive caravan with intentions of reaching the United States. The caravan is expected to arrive in Mexico City this week. READ
TWITTER AND TRUMP  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met President Trump at the White House to discuss the impact of the social media platform on the 2020 presidential campaign. Back in March, Trump met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to discuss “political fairness.”  READ 
UBER AND ABORTION An Uber driver who refused to take a passenger to an abortion clinic has been fired by the transportation network company.  READ 
JUDICIAL ACTIVISM  A federal judge said he would block the Trump administration’s rule to prevent Title X family planning funding of Planned Parenthood. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, appointed by President Obama, said the Trump administration’s rule is a “ham-fisted approach to public health policy.”  READ 
COLLEGE LOAN DEBT Elizabeth Warren wants the government to forgive student loan debt and make college free. But education expert Lindsey Burke noted there’s a link between government spending and tuition increases. “In the last 20 years, the federal government’s total spending on student loans has skyrocketed, from $24.8 billion in the 1995-96 school year to $93 billion in 2017-18. At the same time, the price of college tuition has soared. Between 1998 and the present, tuition at four-year institutions has roughly doubled, and at private four-year colleges tuition has gone up 58%,” said Burke.   READ 
PRAYER BREAKFAST  White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told attendees at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: “I’m comfortable as a Catholic, even though I’m working for a president who is not Catholic, that the principles of our faith are alive and well and well-respected in this administration and driving many of our policies.” The 1,400 attendees of the event also gave a sustained rousing applause to the parents of Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic high school student who was subjected to online vitriol after misleading stories were published by media outlets like CNN and the Washington Post.  READ 
EASTER IS THE ANSWER  An English bishop believes that Easter can correct society’s ‘bitterness and intolerance.’ “In Christ’s Resurrection, we see how human life is no longer destined for death but for everlasting life and happiness. This is the joy of Easter that never fades,” said Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen was known for his generosity and care for the poor throughout his life. Starting off as a lawyer, he became disenchanted and joined the Capuchins where he was known for his prayer and preaching. While traveling, he was attacked and killed.   READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Rejoice, O hearts that seek the Lord.” (Ps 105:1) READ 
DOCUMENTARY  A new film explores how Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II covertly worked together.  SHARE 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. 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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