Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Five Things To Rememeber On March 4

1. In a letter to every member of Congress, two bishops said, “The moral measure of the federal budget is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless, or poor are treated. Their voices are too often missing in these debates, but they have the most compelling moral claim on our consciences and our common resources.”

2. Pope Francis said today that seeing the elderly as a burden is a sin.

3. In case you missed it yesterday, San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Robert McElroy was named Bishop of San Diego. Watch his press conference from yesterday.

4. Opportunities for education for girls in Northern Pakistan are limited. Catholic Relief Services is helping these young girls to learn.  The CRS Collection is March 14-15.

5. God loves you.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March

1. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert W. McElroy, 61, bishop of the Diocese of San Diego. Bishop McElroy has served as an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco since 2010. He succeeds the late Bishop Cirilo Flores, who died September 6, 2014.

2. News.Va reports: God “generously forgives” those who “learn to do good”, but what he doesn’t forgive is “hypocrisy and fake saints”, said Pope Francis at Mass Tuesday morning in Casa Santa Marta chapel.

3. The Diocese of Cheyenne encompasses the entire state of Wyoming and has less than 50 priests traveling around 100,000 square miles. This is St. Edward’s Mission Church in Kinnear, located over 4 ½ hours from the capital city of Cheyenne. Without support from the Catholic Home Missions Appeal, the Diocese of Cheyenne would struggle to sustain necessary parish life in remote areas such as this one. To learn more about the Home Missions visit

4. Read how one Catholic engineer born in Haiti, who has lived in the U.S. for decades, is helping his former country in big ways.

5. God loves you.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Five Things To Remember On March 2

1. Pope Francis said today that people shouldn't spend so much time judging others, but instead look at themselves.

2. Have you ever seen the USCCB's resources for care for creation?

3. Bishop Daniel Flores recently talked about the theological call to accompany immigrants.

4. Bishop David Ricken has a great reminder today on his Twitter.

5. God loves you.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five Things To Remember On Feb. 27

1. In case you missed it, Bishop John Wester said of the FCC vote on Net Neutrality yesterday, “The Internet is a critical medium for religious speech. Radio, broadcast television and cable television are, in large part, closed to noncommercial religious messages,” said Bishop Wester, who chairs the Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “From the inception of the Internet until the mid-2000s, Internet service providers were not permitted to discriminate or tamper with what was said over those Internet connections. Today, the FCC restores this protection for speakers, protection particularly important to noncommercial religious speakers.”

2. During Lent, Pope Francis offers tips for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

3. Make sure you see and share the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten videos. We're sharing one a week on our social media.

4. As Black History Month comes to a close, make sure you see the people of African descent who are on the path to sainthood.

5. God loves you.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Five Things To Remember On Feb. 26

1. Bishop David O'Connell of Trenton recently underwent an amputation of his foot after a struggle with diabetes. CBS3 in Philadelphia did this inspiring video report about his rehabilitation.

2. CRS Rice Bowl is one of the easiest ways people can give to people in need around the globe. Learn more about Rice and how you can start helping this Lent. It's not too late.

3. A recent profession class has people with very interesting life stories, including a sister who at one time worked with horses to learn how to help people with special physical needs.

4. Former ambassador Johnny Young retired yesterday after seven years as the head of Migration and Refugee Services at the USCCB. Read about his experiences both at the USCCB and in his extraordinary career.

5. God loves you.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Five Things To Remember On Feb. 25

1. How's your Lenten journey going so far? Use our calendar to help keep you on track.

2. Pope Francis and the Roman curia are discussing superficial religiosity during their spiritual retreat.

3. In case you missed it yesterday, the USCCB spoke out about the vital need to protect religious minorities in the Middle East in the wake of horrific violence recently.

4. The bishops are concerned about the root causes that drive people to leave their homes and migrate to new places. The Senate Finance Committee is having a hearing tomorrow on trade deals and how they impact migration. In January, the bishops who chair the bishops’ Justice and Peace committees wrote a letter affirming the values that Catholics see as needing protection in such deals.

5. God loves you.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Five Things To Remember On Feb. 24

1. In the wake of the brutal murders of twenty one Coptic Christians at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya, increased support to protect religious minorities and civilians should be combined with adequate humanitarian assistance and other assets, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace.

2. An interim final rule published by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services risks harmful effects on unaccompanied children resettled by the United States, according to comments filed by Catholic and Evangelical organizations and relief agencies. At issue is whether the rule adequately accounts for the religious and moral concerns of faith-based organizations. Regulations that may force those agencies to restrict their work could create an unmanageable backlog for services.

3. Archbishop Thomas Wenski, of Miami, wrote an op-ed in the Orlando Sun Sentinel about Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on the environment. The USCCB's Cecilia Calvo looks at the Archbishop Wenski piece and Pope Francis' focus on combating a culture of waste.

4. Want to help Jesus in disguise? Join Catholics across the country by giving to the Catholic Relief Services Collection the weekend of March 14-15:

5. God loves you.