Morning Briefing

Vatican City -- Holy Father rallies support for the typhoon-torn Philippines -- Catholic aid agencies rush to aid victims after more than 10,000 people are killed in disaster

Wheeling, W.Va. -- W.Va. bishop appeals for aid to the Philippines

Catholic Relief Services: Help The Philippines Survive and Recover

USCCB meets in Baltimore -- Bishops, at annual meeting, invited to Catholic Worker dinner for peace

USCCB meets in Baltimore -- With vote, bishops may set new tone or 'hunker down'

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USCCB meets in Baltimore -- Evaluating Cardinal Dolan’s Tenure -- The outgoing USCCB president led the U.S. bishops during a tumultuous time.

St. Paul-Minneapolis -- Some rich Minnesota donors turn from Archbishop Nienstedt

Amy Sullivan of the National Journal invites: Meet the Pope's New BFF -- The bishop of Rome adores an American cardinal in a simple brown cassock and a Santa beard.

Australian priest who kept a marriage secret for over a year and blew the whistle on child sexual abuse in the Catholic church is among the thousands killed by Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines.

"Can anything good come from a synod?" asks NCR commentator Ken Briggs. "As agencies of change, all of them have been colossal failures," he writes

For Roman Catholics on Staten Island, major changes on the horizon

Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Bishop to decide fate of Mon City churches in early 2014

The latest on Greg Reynolds, the Australian priest ex-communicated this summer: The outsider

Rockford, Ill. -- Bishop Malloy Issues Letter on Marriage to be Read at All Masses -- "Astonishingly, some of those who voted for this human redefinition did so by invoking Pope Francis or their Catholic faith. We must not allow ourselves to be deceived."

Virginia Beach, Va. -- A Virginia Beach church with a blended congregation of Roman Catholics and Episcopalians has overcome a year of challenges regarding its services.

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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