Thursday, February 5, 2015

Five Things To Remember On Feb. 5

1. The Archdiocese of Washington released the following statement today: "It is a great honor and tremendous joy to welcome our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Archdiocese of Washington during his proposed pastoral visit to the United States in September. We rejoice with the announcement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honorable John Boehner, today that Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of Congress, September 24, 2015. This historic event will be a time of grace for all of us. We also look forward to the official announcement of more details of the visit."

2. The pope said today that the Catholic Church must rid itself of the scourge of child sexual abuse. Also read the Catholic News Service story on this matter.

3. The pope held a Google Hangout with young people today.

4. There is a letter from Bishop Richard Malone calling attention to the messages of the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey," and referencing a memo from the Religious Alliance Against Pornography signed by several Catholic bishops. Bishop Malone says, "This is an opportunity for us to remind the faithful of the beauty of the Church's teaching on the gift of sexual intimacy in marriage, the great dignity of women, and the moral reprehensibility of all domestic violence and sexual exploitation." In case you missed it, Bishop Malone also recently highlighted the potential of National Marriage Week, which starts Saturday.

5. God loves you.

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