1. Two recently enacted laws in the District of Columbia are “unprecedented assaults upon our organizations” and “violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment and other federal law,” said representatives of a number of national and local organizations, including the USCCB, in a February 5 letter to Congress.
2. The annual Collection to Aid the Church in Central and Eastern Europe will be held in most parishes on Ash Wednesday, February 18. The collection supports pastoral, educational and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which were formerly under Soviet control.
3. The Sisters of Mercy profile our former colleague, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, and her struggle with cancer today. She says, “Mercy has jumped in from every corner to help me, in ways both large and small. I want for nothing.”
4. "Each one of us has a treasure inside," Pope Francis told young people during a Google Hangout. "If we keep it there, closed up, it will stay there. If we share it with others, the treasure will multiply with the treasures that come from others. What I want to ask of you is that you do not hide the treasure that each of you has."
5. God loves you.