Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Five Things To Remember On April 1

1. Many U.S. bishops, including Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston are celebrating a Mass on the U.S.-Mexico Border today in memory of migrants who have died in the U.S. desert. Follow along on social media at #BorderMass. You can also watch the live stream.

2. The 2014 Catholic Home Missions Appeal will be taken up in many dioceses the weekend of April 26-27. The appeal supports isolated, challenged parishes and missions in dioceses and eparchies across the United States and in several U.S. territories in the Caribbean and Pacific islands, including Samoa Pago-Pago, St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

3. Pope Francis' Twitter reminded parents of their responsbilities in sharing faith, saying, "Dear parents, teach your children to pray. Pray with them."

4. The number of allegations of sexual abuse by clergy declined in 2013 while diocesan spending on child protection programs increased under the U.S. Catholic Church's "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."

5. God loves you.

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