1. The U.S. bishops continue to study the legal and moral implications of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate in the Affordable Care Act, and to “develop avenues of response that would both preserve our strong unity and protect our consciences,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said in a September 17 letter to bishops. His letter followed the September 10-11 meeting of the USCCB Administrative Committee, the top ranking USCCB body outside a plenary session.
2. Catholic leaders in Washington and the Archdiocese for the Military Services mourned the tragedy at the Navy Yard Monday. Archbishop Brologio of the Military Services said, "Somehow we must restore the notion of respect for life into the fabric of the nation. When the uniqueness of the human person created in the image and likeness of God is universally recognized, the possibility of a mass shooting is more remote."
3. #PrayforPeace has been big during the last two weeks on social media. Does praying for peace actually work? One expert says yes.
4. Flags flew at half-staff here at the USCCB to mark the Navy Yard tragedy, just as they did throughout Washington.
5. God loves you.