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Syria: 13 kidnapped nuns released

Transcript: Cardinal Dolan on 'Meet the Press' dicussions Pope Francis: (Scroll about halfway down the page.) Women, civil unions and sex abuse. A sample:
DAVID GREGORY: The issue of sexual abuse within the Catholic church is still a big issue. [Francis] said, "The Catholic church is perhaps the only public institution that has moved with transparency and responsibly. No one has done more. ...
CARDINAL DOLAN: "... boy, I was cheering' the Pope on when he said that. ..."



Madison, Wis., Bishop Morlino reflects on Francis effect: Pope Francis has made me a stronger culture warrior Here are highlights selected by the author and a copy of the full transcript.

Pope Francis: revitalizing the Catholic church After years of crisis, the Catholic church may have found itself a new savior. ('Savior'? I doubt Francis would approve of that language.

Commentary: Francis stumbles on sexual abuse "... he displayed an ill-informed defensiveness ..." by Mark Silk.

NYT Editorial: The Papal Anniversary The pope wisely took care to stress that women must be allowed to be a force for reform in the Roman Catholic Church.

Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa -- Roman Catholic Womenpriests discussed at campus forum

Yakima, Wash. -- Trial starts Monday in Yakima alleged sex abuse case

Australia -- George Pell says abuse victims should be able to sue Catholic Church, royal commission hears

Kokomo, Ind. -- St. Joan of Arc Church Team adds solar panels to Haiti parish Installation replaces electric generator that consumed $6,000 in fuel each year

Haitians celebrate Mass with the nation’s first Cardinal Haitians celebrate Mass with the nation’s first Cardinal

San Jose, Calif. -- ‘Catholic on Purpose’ initiative convenes parish staffs on ‘forming disciples’

Daytona Beach -- Priest blesses motorcycles at Basilica of St. Paul for Bike Week

Dublin, Ireland -- Former head of National Board for Safeguarding Children challenges findings of a diocesan child protection audit and considers legal action against bishop.

The new Catholic Bishop of Derry: Finds celibacy "difficult" and would love to have been a dad

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A former National Science Foundation director is scheduled to speak next week at the University of Notre Dame as the school continues its year-long series of events focusing on women in leadership.

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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