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Pope Francis criticized for defensive comments on abuse scandal

NCR Editorial: Francis, you must meet victims of clergy abuse

Pope defensive on sex abuse as commission lags

In the midst of a culture shift, the Archdiocese of Detroit is fighting vehemently to uphold the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage. This weekend, the diocese will sponsor an informational session to help school its seminarians, priests and other interested Catholics on how to help gays and lesbians remain celibate. The program is called Courage.

Santa Rosa, Calif. -- A former gay-porn actor who says his Catholic faith saved him from a world of pornography, homosexuality and the occult is scheduled to make a presentation today in Santa RosaThe program is called Courage.

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A federal judge in Rhode Island has agreed to let a lawsuit move forward against the Roman Catholic religious order the Legion of Christ, turning down an attempt by the disgraced order to end the lawsuit brought over a late Yale University professor's $1 million bequest.

A frightening video: Watch this British girl become a child refugee in the span of one yearJust because it isn't happening here doesn't mean it isn't happening.'

Two 'religious liberty' bills defeated. Read how Catholic Conferences in Kansas and Arizona worked behind the scenes in support of the bills.

Poland and Polish Catholics struggle with history an anti-semitism: The indelible stain of hate

Tom Reese offers How to measure the Francis effect

Teachers in Cincinnati Archdiocese schools could lose their jobs if they violate a new employment contract that clamps down on their personal lives beyond school walls.

Catholic clergy in Crimea defend Ukraine's right to self-determination

Catholics 'shouldn’t pretend to be overly moralistic' on divorce says Massimo Faggioli, Professor of History of Modern Christianity at University of St. Thomas,

Souix Falls, S.D. -- Homeless shelter gains permit; appeal possible, a project of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls has met some resistance.

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 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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