1. People of all faiths are called to pray forvictims of religious persecution and violence and work to protect the marginalized and persecuted around the world, according to a statement of the Administrative Committee of the U.S. bishops, approved March 10. The bishops said Lent is a time for prayerfully reflecting on suffering. Catholic News Service also spoke with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB, about this effort. Watch:
2. Pope Francis will visit inmates and staff of a Rome prison on Holy Thursday, April 2. The Prefecture of the Papal Household reports that the Pope will visit the new complex of the Casa Circondariale Rebibbia in the Rome suburbs, and celebrate the liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at the “Padre Nostro” church at 5:30 pm Rome time. The Pope will wash the feet of a group of male prisoners and female inmates from the nearby women’s penitentiary.
3. We are about halfway through Lent. People are filling up their Rice Bowls. Learn more.
4. Have you seen our How to Guide for Confession?
5. God loves you.