2. For World Youth Day, all Catholic News Service stories, videos and photos — quite good — are available online. The full texts of Pope Francis’s remarks — and eventually of all his talks — can be found on the Vatican website.
3. Some church collections suggest an improved economy and continuously generous Catholics. A look at the 2012 numbers, for example, show they were up from the previous year for the following collections: Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Church in Latin America, Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Catholic Home Missions, and Solidarity Fund for Church in Africa.
4. As it highlights its annual report, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) reports that donors provided a total of $196 million in private contributions. Carolyn Woo, CRS president, said “this allowed CRS to feed, care for, shelter, empower and protect poor children, women and men in 91 countries.” CRS’s interactive annual report can be found online.
5. God loves you.
(USCCB Photo/Matt Palmer)