Morning Briefing

More about the German bishops' response to the synod on the family questionnaire: The Pope's Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock

Catholic advocates find little to praise in farm bill passed by House

U.N. tells Vatican: 'must immediately remove' child abusers Also heavily criticized the Vatican's attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception and abortion. Here is NCR's first take on the U.N. report: UN sex abuse report holds bishops accountable. More to come.

Obama administration to announce plans for 'climate hubs' Seven regional centers will study the effects of climate change

Philippines: Pressure is on Pres. Aquino to deliver lasting agrarian reform

Southeast South Dakota -- Sioux Falls Bishop Paul Swain in town hall meeting with parishioners to discuss parish reconfiguration

Commonweal editorial on abortion: Botched Arguments Hurting or Helping the Pro-life Cause?

Gallup: Average religiousness of states continues to range widely. Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious

PP-header2.jpgLooking for 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 a blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.

Daily Bread is a series of 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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