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Commentary: Happy Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker Hope for unions, equality and compassion by Michael Sean Winters

First person view: Hans Küng knows church's problems -- and that change is inevitable by Leonard Swidler

Think before you cheer the viri probati: A step forward for married men is a giant step backward for women by Jamie Manson

Vatican City -- Acton conference draws ties between Christian persecution, economic liberalism by Joshua J. McElwee

Analysis: Conservatives squawk over pope's tweet on inequality by David Gibson

Good news: Atlanta archbishop to restrict weapons in Catholic institutions

Worrisome news for many: N.Y. archdiocese expected to make large-scale parish closings

Methodists approve same-sex marriage benefits

Nigeria: surging bloodshed strains 'marriage of irreconcilables'

Manila and Vatican City -- How Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas got his selfie with Pope Francis

German Catholic Priest Asks Pope Francis To Waive His Vow Of Celibacy

Everything you need to know about executions in the United States

Two U.S. soldiers lose bid to dress according to religious custom

Here's the best description I have heard yet to describe the Vatican's survey of Catholics ahead of the October Synod of Bishops on the family: "There was no pretense of this being a scientific, neutral study. It's like a massive global brainstorming." Robert Gahl, who teaches at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

This is a story I missed last week: Schaeffer-Duffy family marathons with a message a story about NCR contributors and Catholic Workers Claire and Scott S-D

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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