Morning Briefing

The consistory: Cardinals begin closed consultations on Catholic family practices

The consistory: Birth control, divorce, gay marriage? Cardinals gather in Rome amid reform talk -- The big question: How far will Pope Francis go?

Cardinals to watch: Archbishop Quevedo arrives in Vatican, to be installed cardinal on Saturday

NCR editorial: N.J. archbishop's retirement home an assault on parishioners' goodwill

Newark rebuts Myers' retirement mansion criticism

Homily by Bishop Tom Gumbleton: God's love draws us into existence, maintains us

The Catholic University of America: Why We're Keeping a $1 Million Koch Gift by John Garvey and Andrew Abela. What is this about? See: More protests over Koch gift to Catholic University of America

Ottawa, Canada -- Archbishop decrees an end to eulogies at Catholic funerals -- "We gather not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them"

United Kingdom -- Anglican bishops accused of 'exaggerating' impact of benefits cuts. Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols, backs up Anglican brothers, saying it's a ‘disgrace’ that people were turning to food banks

United Kingdom -- Why bishops are useful for the Left – for now

Pope, Ukrainian church leaders call for end to violence in Ukraine

PP-header_with-outline.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.

DailyBreadBanner.jpgDaily 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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