1. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the USCCB, welcomed the decision of Pope Francis to establish a commission on the protection of minors. The move was urged by the Council of Cardinals, an advisory group to the pope that met at the Vatican, December 3-5. Archbishop Kurtz praised the effort in a December 5 statement.
2. Read more about the pope's commission on the protection of minors.
3. The USCCB's Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions awarded nearly $3.4 million in grants to six dioceses and two archdioceses that have been severely impacted by naturaldisasters in the U.S. The grants were awarded at the Subcommittee's meeting in Baltimore on November 12.
4. Archbishop Gerald Kicanas, who served as chairman of Catholic Relief Services for the last three years, says what it takes to be a Catholic organization in this Catholic News Service.
5. God loves you.