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Clergy abuse victims are divided over Pope Francis' offer to meet. SNAP says that the meeting will actually hurt efforts to force the church to reform because it will be all window dressing. 

But, on our site this morning: Mary Gail Frawley-O'dea disagrees with SNAP. She says that survivors should be encouraged, not forced or guilted out of the meeting. 

Bishops are once again pushing Congress for reform on immigration issues. Current immigration laws are "antiquated and inadequate," and the U.S. immigration system is "a stain on the soul of our nation," one bishop said

Sea of Galilee center to provide a space for tourists to reflect while visiting northern Israel. 

One of Oregon's most infamous prisoners received the Sacrament of Confirmation by an archbishop. 

Central African Republic: Muslim rebels attack a Catholic church and kill almost 30 people.

Milwaukee, Wis.: Catholics parents group calls for archdiocese to drop Common Core.

More Catholic school news, this time out of Buffalo, N.Y.: Catholic school community rallies for tax credit for donations to religious, private schools.

Video of the day: According to statistics from the Vatican, the Catholic church grows at a faster rate than the global population.

One GOP congressman has given up his fight against same-sex marriage. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) says that "Life is too short to have the force of government stand in the way of two adults whose pursuit of happiness includes marriage." ​

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'Ida' speaks to the fluidity of identity -- Chris Herlinger writes a film review from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski has given us much for reflection and much to savor. The independent drama, “Ida,” shot in black and white, follows the life and decisions of a young Polish novitiate living in a cloister in the early 1960s..

An execution date has been set for an Oklahoma inmate, even though the state has placed a moratorium on executions. You may recall the botched lethal injection execution of Clayton Lockett, also of Oklahoma, just a few weeks ago.

Opinion: The real origins of the religious right didn't start with abortion. It started with segregation.


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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