1. Congress should urge the government of Israel to halt unnecessary confiscation of Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank, a move that would help address the plight of Christian Palestinians in the Cremisan Valley and “renew hope for a just resolution to the conflict,” said the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the USCCB.
2. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone urged members of Congress to join in supporting the State Marriage Defense Act of 2015, saying, “Marriage needs to be preserved and strengthened, not redefined. Every just effort to stand for the unique meaning of marriage is worthy of support.”
3. Bishop Martin Holley, auxiliary bishop of Washington, celebrated a special Mass on Sunday, February 8 for the victims and survivors of human trafficking at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Photos by Matthew Barrick.
4. News.Va reports: "Pope Francis says the end goal of the reform of the Roman Curia is to harmonize work among the Vatican offices, to achieve a more effective collaboration and promote collegiality."
5. God loves you.