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From the weekend edition of NCR

Rome: Pope Francis leads rally to boost faith. The 50,000 faithful prayed for the church. 

More news out of Rome: Francis to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in 2025 to commemorate the Council of Nicea.

Baptist-Catholic university partnership forges religious liberty alliance

Brooklyn, N.Y., Catholic teacher works as a tattoo artist on weekends. 

Philadelphia, Pa.: At least three Catholic churches to close in the area. The fate of 46 churches was revealed by the archdiocese this weekend.

Cameroon: Two priests, nun kidnapped in early April by suspected Boko Haram gunmen have been released.

Mexico City: 19 alleged victims denounce Mexico priest. The victims filed a criminal complaint that they were sexually abused by a now-suspended priest.


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: The regular posts of GSR Today -- GSR Assistant Managing Editor Tracy Abeln describes how on May 7, Sr. Jan Cebula and Abeln, who are based at the Kansas City office of National Catholic Reporter, were guests on A Nun's Life Ministry's "In Good Faith" podcast. Take a listen as they describe GSR when it was only two weeks old...

The Missouri attorney general has announced that the state should get its own execution pharmacy

The Michigan governor is trying to expand anti-discrimination law to include sexual orientation.


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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