1. Catholic News Service reports on the ongoing Philippines trip, "shelters are being built as CRS transitions from emergency to recovery mode three months after the typhoon wrecked a large swath of the Visayas region of the central Philippines. In all, 25 families in Cabarasan Guti will be the beneficiaries of the transitional dwellings. Their homes were among the 551,000 lost or severely damaged in the storm."
2. In her latest blog post, USCCB Media Relations Director Sr. Mary Ann Walsh says the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child's report on the problem of sexual abuse of minors by clergy strayed into the culture wars when it included objections to Catholic teaching on such issues as gay marriage, abortion and contraception.
3. Pope Francis announced Blessed John Paul II will be the patron of World Youth Day upon his canonization.
4. We asked some of our newly professed men and women religious to tell us something about themselves that others might find surprising. Their answers provide some insight to how each discovered their vocational call.
5. God loves you.