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FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING  17 people are killed in a shooting at a South Florida high school. “This incident truly makes me sick to my stomach,” said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israeli. Join us in praying for the victims and their families. http://cvote.it/2Cjg0UR

BENEDICT XVI’S HEALTH  Msgr. Georg Ratzinger claimed that his brother, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has a neurological disease. But aides in Rome called this “baseless.” http://cvote.it/2ClxpfI 

KOREAN RELATIONS  South Koreans are upset and downright baffled that the American media gave such glowing praise to Kim Yo Jong, whose family has no problem imprisoning, starving, and killing their own people. http://cvote.it/2CmTsT7 

U.S. FERTILITY FALLING  “The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reflecting births as of the year ending in September 2017, shows the total fertility rate at 1.77 lifetime births per woman, down 3.8% since 2015, and down 16.4% since its most recent peak at 2.12 in 2007. (The replacement rate in developed countries is around 2.1.),” writes Lyman Stone, in “American Fertility Is Falling Short of What Women Want.” http://cvote.it/2CjfeqV

BUBBA SIDELINED  Democrats looking to embrace the #MeToo movement do not want to have former president Bill Clinton around. The heavyweight party fundraiser and campaigner has suddenly become a pariah. http://cvote.it/2CljnLf

CATHOLIC VOTE RADIO HOUR  Will the Left’s Olympic insanity scare sane liberals to the right? Catch this quick interview with Jon Miller from Episode 22 of the CVRH. http://cvote.it/2ClDqsE

BIG GAS TAX INCREASE?  According to reports, President Trump told lawmakers that he was open to a 25-cent increase in the gas tax to fund his infrastructure plan, but that he’s considering other funding ideas. The White House did not confirm or deny the report. Republicans on Capitol Hill noted that fuel-efficient cars are making the gas tax a more difficult means to finance road construction. http://cvote.it/2Clpqzk

KOREAN MARTYRS  Hundreds of millions of people are watching the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. It’s worth taking a moment and remembering the heroic martyrs who brought the faith to the Korean peninsula. http://cvote.it/2CkW9EU

SAINT OF THE DAY  Saint Claude de la Colombière met Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque and eventually became her confessor. Together they advanced the devotion to the Sacred Heart.  http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS READINGS  “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.” (Ps 40:5) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings

PILGRIMAGE  The travel website, Curbed, released a video showcasing the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, built by Mother Angelica. Their video has been viewed 1.5 million times in five days. http://cvote.it/2ClFv7W

 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, 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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