Morning Briefing

Updates this morning: Pope's call to woman raises questions on divorced and remarried -- The Vatican has confirmed the phone call.

NCR launches Global Sisters Report

The canonizations: John XXIII: The accidental saint -- NCR's complete canonization coverage is collected here: Papal canonizations

One view: Must the Catholic church dehumanize John Paul II to make him a saint? Sadly, the process of canonization seems to require stripping the former pope of his personality, to fit the sterile mold of a saint.

Troy, Mich. -- Pastor, parish manager indicted; allegedly embezzled $700,000 in parish money.

We say: Charlottesville reveals the weeping wound of racism. What do we, the American Catholic faith community, do next? Read the editorial.

New Hampshire, Louisiana, Colorado and Michigan -- Four new Americans for Prosperity ads take on Obamacare

A year after Arizona approved Medicaid expansion, Gov. Brewer still fighting for it

NCR's Michael Sean Winters calls out anti-ACA inconsistencies: Nat'l Cath Register Attacks Sr. Carol Keehan

Oklahoma: Execution Case Roils Oklahoma Courts -- Attorney general calls questions about lethal injection drugs a diversionary tactic by the condemned men.

No roiling in Missouri, where lethal injection drugs have also been questioned: Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

Commentary: Visit your bishop by Phyllis Zagano

Louisiana ministers push for limit on payday loans

St. Paul-Minneapolis -- Former Vicar General's Deposition to be Released

Oklahoma City -- Gov. Fallin signs bill restricting use of abortion drugs

Maureen Dowd's column about the canonization of John Paul II generated a lot of interest (I had at least three people forward it me and more mention it.): A Saint, He Ain’t -- She quotes Ken Briggs and Jason Berry, both familiar names to NCR readers. (You may run into a pay wall.)

Spirituality on screen: Religious movies can stretch, strengthen faith

Korea’s Catholic church continues to grow: Now number 10.4% of the population

Atlanta -- Lawsuit challenges Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban

Judge won't rule in Oregon gay marriage case until at least May 14 while he decides on intervenor

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