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MUELLER REPORTAttorney General William Barr to hold a press conference this morning before the release of the Mueller Report. Barr released a four-page summary of the report last month that said the special counsel was unable to prove that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. READ 
CONTEST FOR NEW SPIRE The French government will be launching a contest to design a new spire for the Notre Dame Cathedral. French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said he thought the contest could give Notre Dame “a spire suited to the techniques and challenges of our time.” He added, “The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc.”  READ
ASYLUM POLICY CHANGE  Attorney General William Barr issued a new policy to curb “catch and release.” Here are three things to know about the new procedures. READ 
TRUMP CALLS POPE President Trump called Pope Francis after the Notre Dame fire to offer any assistance in rebuilding the cathedral. Trump referred to the call as a “wonderful conversation” on Twitter, and wished the Holy Father a happy Easter.  READ 
BANNING ABSTINENCE ED?  New sex ed legislation proposed in Colorado would require students to undergo “culturally sensitive” lessons. In addition, the bill would ban speech that suggests that abstinence is the best and healthiest choice.  READ 
PRO-LIFE DEMOCRAT TARGETED Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-IL, is one of the only remaining pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives. And a pro-abortion politician wants to defeat him in the Democratic primary next year.  READ 
CHASING AWAY CONSERVATIVES  A Texas conservative says that Chase Bank closed his account because of his political views.  READ 
ANOTHER BUSHPierce Bush, grandson of President George H.W. Bush, and nephew of George W. Bush, is considering a run for Congress from the Houston suburbs. The 7th District was once held by his George H.W. Bush from 1967 to 1971. The seat has been in GOP hands for decades until Democrat Lizzie Fletcher won in 2018.  READ
CATHOLIC SCHOLAR Fr. James V. Schall, SJ, who penned hundreds of essays on politics, theology, and philosophy, has died at the age of 91. READ
HOLY WEEKHere are the plenary indulgences that are available during Holy Week.  READ
WHAT IS THE TRIDUUM?The triduum is a period that begins on Holy Thursday, and ends at the conclusion of Easter Sunday. Learn more about the Scared Triduum.  READ
SAINT OF THE DAY  Blessed James Oldo was a wealthy married man who shared the “good life” with his wife. Circumstances, however, changed his attitude and he began to see the futility of his lifestyle. He and his wife became Secular Franciscans and, upon her death, Blessed James became a priest. READ 
DAILY READINGS  “Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.” (Ps 116:12)  READ 
CVTV  As we look forward to Easter his Holy Week, the Cathedral of Notre Dame still stands with us, though battered and damaged, a reminder of the hope we possess as we await the Resurrection.  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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