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Bethlehem, Pa.: Woman sues local Catholic high school for cutting down hedges. The plaintiff says the shrubbery bordered her land and was chopped down without her permission.. 

A nice story you may have missed from over the weekend: Family in Asheville, N.C., has Pope Francis to thank for new home.

And speaking of Pope Francis, eagerness grows in Asia over the pontiff's expected visit.

And TIME magazine writes how Pope Francis may be the world's best politician

Have you been reading NCR's new website devoted to covering the mission and ministry of Catholic women religious? Global Sisters Report

Read our new blog series, La Iglesia Hispana, focusing on Hispanic Catholics, the church's new emerging majority.
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Check it (daily) at Global Sisters Report. Here's a great example of the work of GSR: Sr. Cathy Buster building a new kind of farmworker community by Carol Stanton.

Miami, Fla.: Archbishop Thomas Wenski is going to kick back and smoke a stogie, all in the name of charity.

Catholic trustees in Toronto gave the OK for teachers to march in the annual gay pride parade.

Detroit, Mich.: Self-proclaimed rebel Catholic priest turned runway model turned same-sex advocate purchases church, works for reform

Oakland, Calif.: Bishop meets with faculty over controversial teacher contracts.

Crips in Utah: Gang culture invades an unlikely turf.

#BringBackOurGirls: The Nigerian army knows where the kidnapped girls are being held, but will not attempt a rescue.

One in four Canadians say they have no religious affiliation, but why are so many "nones" religious?

Speaking of religious affiliation, a geneticist has claimed that Christianity will rise as skeptics die out.

Sudanese woman sentenced to death for "apostasy" gives birth in jail.

Opinion: The conservative case against the death penalty. Can a few thinkers convince the GOP this issue is a winning one?


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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