Morning Briefing

Pope names Bishop Leonard Blair archbishop of Hartford, Conn.; accepts resignation of Archbishop Mansell. See more info here: Pope names three bishops for N. America. New bishop for Ruthenian Eparchy of Passaic and Winnipeg, Manitoba

St. Paul-Minneapolis -- Task force supervisor to control group's access to clergy abuse information How will the task force be able to make fully informed decisions without access to all information? Is this independent?

New Ulm, Minn. -- Editorial: Church finding out the coverup hurts most

NCR Editorial: Essay on Pope Francis offers way to re-enter public discourse

NCR Commentary: The inconsistent US role on chemical weapons

Catholic diocese of Saginaw bishop, parishioners to pray outside abortion clinic

Justice Dept. press release: Former Treasurer of Catholic Charity Charged in Fraud Scheme

Limburg, Germany -- German Bishop of Bling's mansion to be turned into soup kitchen or refugee center

How rich is the Catholic church in Germany? Its wealth has been estimated at €430 billion with interests ranging from television stations to mineral water.

Albany diocese Bishop Hubbard reflects on his long tenure. Turns 75 on Thursday.

Cape Town, South Africa -- ‘We’re Catholic priests who want to marry’ -- New group of married priests launched

Las Vegas -- Jesuit works to satisfy what he sees as hunger for spirituality in 'very materialistic town'

The Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica says care for the environment a 'moral' obligation in Costa Rica voter guide

Florida -- Catholic seminary in Boynton Beach set to expand -- New dorms are part of $7 million campus renovation

Some conservative Catholics questioning Francis’ approach

PP-header2.jpgLooking for an a little inspiration to begin your day?  NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you two options, both based on the Scripture readings of the day:

Pencil Preaching is blog that Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines scripture and sketching to reflect on the word.

Daily Bread is a series short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.

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