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by Brian Roewe

NCR environment correspondent

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ICYMI from NCR this morning and over the weekend:

Global Sisters Report is taking an extensive look at how women religious are working with those in the U.S. prison system and for changes in its policies. Here's part 1

Pope Francis met Friday with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, the traditionalist group of Catholic bishops and priests who have been separated from the wider church for decades in opposition to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Editorial: President Barack Obama's trip to Cuba last month offers a model for diplomacy in other conflicts.

In a new National Geographic series, actor Morgan Freeman explores "The Story of God." Sr. Rose Pacatte offered a preview

David Gibson of Religion News Service examined a painting by the Italian artist  Caravaggio that could uniquely illustrate Pope Francis' Year of Mercy.

In other news: 

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, falsely reported to have been crucified on Good Friday, is safe and could be released soon, according to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.

As Pennsylvania confronts clergy sex abuse, victims and lawmakers act, reports The New York Times.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has three Catholic rules for Washington.

A former employee of the Portland, Maine, diocese filed a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully fired after returning from medical leave for depression and insomnia.

Poland is prepping for mass protests against an abortion ban as the Catholic church increases its influence.

Mother Angelica, laid to rest on Friday, created a Catholic media empire, said the Wall Street Journal.

The Scottish Catholic Observer, published every week since 1885 and one of the oldest U.K. religious newspapers, is caught in a political battle with its future at stake.

Villanova University will play tonight for the NCAA men's basketball championship, the Augustinian school's third title game (they lost to UCLA in 1971 and defeated Georgetown University in 1985 in an all-Catholic matchup). In defeating the University of Oklahoma on Saturday, the Wildcats exacted some revenge

The 2016 Major League Baseball season opened Sunday much the same way the 2015 edition ended: The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets. Before the game, the Royals continued their world championship celebration.

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