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NCR Editorial: A vision underlies choice of Filipino cardinal

Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter

India's religious leaders look to influence general election -- Yoga guru plans to sponsor yoga sessions of 100,000 people each in several cities; Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India to issue voting guidelines.

New South Wales, Australia -- Catholic church ignored women, nun tells inquiry into sex abuse

Buffalo, N.Y. -- "Flash mob" Mass attendance continues in parish threatened with closure

London and Vatican City -- Producers and makers of the Oscar-nomiated film "Philomena," about an Irish woman's tireless effort to track down her son who was taken from her at an Irish convent, have offered to hold a personal screening for Pope Francis.

Glasgow, Scotland -- Catholic adoption agency wins appeal in same-sex row. Giving priority to prospective adoptive parents who are a couple, Catholic and married for two years is OK, appeal panel says.

Commentary: Churches should embrace the Richard Shermans of the world by Mariam Williams

Much anticipated: Pope Francis will make mark on US church through selection of Chicago archbishop

Burlington, Vt. -- Catholic Group Wants More Dialogue With Diocese. Having no bishop in place, makes time for dialogue ripe, group says.

Helena, Mont. -- 'Not your typical bankruptcy' filed by Montana diocese

Helena, Mont. -- Lawsuit against St. Ignatius Ursuline Academy to proceed, lawyers say

Manila, Philippines -- To help the youth find the Lord, why not find them an Internet connection? It's a new idea that the bishop of Pasig, Mylo Hubert Vergara, wants to explore. He plans to offer free wifi in parishes to attract the “e-generation.”

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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