Morning Briefing

Raleigh, N.C. --- Moral Mondays Return to Raleigh -- As the state senators bowed their heads for an opening prayer, the protestors filed by, hundreds upon hundreds, totally quiet, pressing their signs up to the glass -- signs about fracking, and women’s rights, and health care reform. “Jesus wept ... and so do we.” “In-state tuition for dreamers.” “God wants justice and compassion for the poor.” The senators didn’t look up.

Oakland, Calif. -- Teacher Refuses to Sign Controversial Morality Clause with Oakland Diocese

Washington archdiocese uses drone in new evangelization effort

Huffington Post picks up, runs with NCR editorial: Catholic Church's #1 Pro-Life Issue Is The Environment

Pope Francis eyes religious reconciliation on trip to Holy Land. Read all of NCR's Holy Land coverage here: Francis in the Holy Land.

Jordan prepares to welcome Pope Francis

The 1,000-Year-Old Schism That Pope Francis Seeks To Heal

Have you been reading NCR's new website devoted to covering the mission and ministry of Catholic women religious? Check it (daily) at Global Sisters ReportGlobal Sisters Report. Here's a great example of the work of GSR: An academic look at the Apostolic Visitation by Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans

Tampa, Fla. -- Bishop’s comments reveal soul-searching after suicide of Tampa priest

Parents of Rachel Corrie, the American activist killed in 2003 during a protest against Israeli Defense Forces operations in the Gaza Strip, have their appeal heard by Israeli Supreme Court.

Locking horns over 'The Asian Jesus' Why was a respected Indian theologian called to the Vatican?. Learn more about Jesuit Fr. Michael Amaladoss

Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila: Cardinal 'shocked' by survey responses on family life. Read more about the Synod of Bishops 2014 on the family

Canada -- Ottawa bishop calls it 'scandalous' for Trudeau to practice Catholic faith while being pro-choice

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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