1. In the wake of the brutal murders of twenty one Coptic Christians at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya, increased support to protect religious minorities and civilians should be combined with adequate humanitarian assistance and other assets, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace.
2. An interim final rule published by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services risks harmful effects on unaccompanied children resettled by the United States, according to comments filed by Catholic and Evangelical organizations and relief agencies. At issue is whether the rule adequately accounts for the religious and moral concerns of faith-based organizations. Regulations that may force those agencies to restrict their work could create an unmanageable backlog for services.
3. Archbishop Thomas Wenski, of Miami, wrote an op-ed in the Orlando Sun Sentinel about Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on the environment. The USCCB's Cecilia Calvo looks at the Archbishop Wenski piece and Pope Francis' focus on combating a culture of waste.
4. Want to help Jesus in disguise? Join Catholics across the country by giving to the Catholic Relief Services Collection the weekend of March 14-15: http://bit.ly/17AVa3U
5. God loves you.