1. A coalition of leaders of diverse U.S. religious denominations and faiths, including Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has announced that they “are united in [their] staunch support” for protecting the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which passed with nearly unanimous bipartisan support in 1993. The coalition sent a letter to Congressional leadership June 30 asking that they “not amend or repeal RFRA, one of our nation’s most vital legal protections for the religious freedom and rights of conscience of every person of every faith.”
2. Sister Mary Ann Walsh writes today of how the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case upheld American ideals of freedom.
3. See a video about Bridging Refugee Youth and Children Services, which works to empower immigrant children and their families.
4. Even Pope Francis is caught up in the hype of this week's World Cup action, particularly Switzerland and Argentina set to play.
5. God loves you.