1. Archbishop Jose Gomez, of Los Angeles, praised the passage of a new immigration reform bill out of a Senate committee this week. Archbishop Gomez is chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration. He urged a Senate-wide vote and said, "The path to citizenship should be widened, so that the maximum number of persons can access it and come out of the shadows," he said. "To leave a large population behind would defeat the purpose of the bill, which is to bring persons into the light so they can become full members of our communities."
2. Pope Francis called human trafficking "despicable activity a disgrace,for our societies, which describe themselves as civilized." He made the comments during a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.You can learn about what the USCCB is doing to combat human trafficking.
3. The sequestration could impact poor people and the Catholic outreaches that assist them.
4. The USCCB is looking to honor a Catholic young adult leader between the ages of 18 and 35 with the Cardinal Bernadin New Leadership Award. The nomination process is underway.
5. God loves you.