1. Catholic News Service has an interesting video on the continually growing Hispanic population in the U.S. Catholic Church and how Southern California parishes are adjusting.
2. The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering starts Feb. 10 in Washington. If you can’t make it, follow the conversation and details at the USCCB Live account at @USCCBLive and #CSMG13.
3. With events such as the National Catholic Youth Conference and World Youth Day, it’s clear the Catholic Church has made teenagers and young adults a major focus. Pope Benedict XVI reiterated their importance Wednesday in Rome, saying: “I … want to reaffirm this forcefully: the Church has confidence in young people, she hopes in them and in their energies, she needs them and their vitality, to continue to live the mission entrusted her by Christ with renewed enthusiasm.”
4. The USCCB is looking to honor a young leader. The nomination process is now open for the 2013 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award. This award honors a Catholic young adult (age 18-35) engaged in efforts to end the root causes of poverty in the United States.
5. God loves you.