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Commentary: It is my hope that Pope Francis' promotion of economic justice for the poor and oppressed, expressed so eloquently in "Evangelii Gaudium," will expand to include justice for women in all ministries in the church, including ordination. By Bridget Mary Meehan

Albany, N.Y., Catholics have set up a consultation process to help choose their new bishop. Read about it here: Catholics invited to share input on new bishop. Get more details here: Bishop Howard Hubbard submitted his letter of resignation last month on his 75th birthday.

Supreme Court takes up contraceptive mandate, will rule on religious rights of corporation

Arizona bishops lend voices to call for immigration reform

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Manila, the Philippines -- @Pontifex official rallies Filipino Catholics to witness in social media

Seven Catholic priests were ordained on Monday amid the ruins of the centuries-old cathedral in the archdiocese of Palo, Leyte, province, which was devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8.

In honor of the SOA victims: 'No más! No more!'

Germany’s Roman Catholic bishops plan to push ahead with proposed reforms to reinstate divorced and remarried parishioners despite a warning from the Vatican’s top doctrinal official, according to a senior cleric.

Worcester, Mass. -- Bishop Robert McManus is concerned that Catholics are burying their dead without funeral Masses.

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Women’s dignity and vocation class bonds Catholic high school students

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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