1. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on immigration reform to find a way to resolve the status of undocumented children. Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles asked the committee to support the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) to make an expedited path to citizenship available after five years to those who entered the United States before the age of 16, graduated from high school (or received a GED) in the U.S., and attended at least 2 years of college or 4 years in the military. Youth who would be helped by the DREAM Act “want to work hard and pay their way through college or serve in our military and defend American ideals. Giving them a chance for citizenship would reward their hard work, good moral character, education, and service to this country – all American ideals which these youth embody,” he said.
2. iPhones have become prayer books for some people, notes Sister Mary Ann Walsh in a blog post today.
3. Catholic News Service photographer Paul Haring on July 22 got some nice pix of Pope Francis on the plane flying from Rome to Rio for World Youth Day.
4. Pope Francis’s travel plans in Brazil include a visit July 24 to the world’s largest Marian Shrine, Our Lady of Aparecida.
5. God loves you.