1. Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel, has people all over the world talking. It places the Church's focus on supporting the poor, marginalized and defenseless as keys for society.
2. The chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, welcomed the release of exhortation. Bishop Ricken added: "He is showing us how to live the Gospels and reach out to the world with what every person needs, a relationship with God. He is leading the world to deeper faith, and the bishops of the United States happily receive this exhortation with faith and look forward to sharing it in our dioceses.”
3. Thirty-two percent of working-age Catholics have given online to some cause at some point in the past. Among these, 17 percent donated online using automated payments, according to a report on U.S. Catholic and online giving from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.
4. To get a broader understanding of the exhortation, watch this great, short Catholic News Service video.
5. God loves you.