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The Catholic church in the Philippines says it will respect the Philippines Supreme Court decision to uphold a controversial reproductive health law, after blocking passage of the law for 13 years.

Philippines -- Opinion: The Philippines RH Law: a victory for whom? Will the watered-down reproductive health law benefit the people?

Religion News Service blogger Mark Silk finds that Voice of the Faithful is upbeat

Did Cardinal George Pell's testimony to Australian Royal Commission open the door to law suits against the Catholic bishops? Former Ballarat Catholic bishop Ronald Mulkearns faces possible abuse class action

Looking for a summer read? Recommended: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism: Crusading Teddy Roosevelt would be aghast at today's GOP

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Loyola University Chicago student president vetoes measure encouraging divestment from Israel

Two church leaders urge Senate to pass Smarter Sentencing Act

Charlotte, N.C. — Bishop wants Catholic school to move on after nun's speech (Video Warning! -- loud, annoying ad precedes news clip)

A footnote in the history of Canada and its First Nation peoples: Bell of Batoche may not be from Batoche

Muslim Shrine Stands as a Crossroads in Syria’s Unrest -- It has survived, but at a price.

The canonizations: Francis looks to heal church with two pope saints

Orlando, Fla. -- When states opt out of Medicaid expansion, people die.

Site of Park51, the former 'Ground Zero Mosque,' will soon be razed

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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April 21-May 4, 2017