Morning Briefing

Vatican City -- Abbas and Peres prayed for peace together Sunday at the Vatican home of Pope Francis. Sunday's meeting was a first for the Vatican, which had never hosted a prayer gathering of two leaders engaged in conflict.

Peres, Abbas pray with Pope Francis: Pope Francis tells presidents they 'must respond' to their people's yearning for peace.

The U.S. bishops will converge on New Orleans next week. US bishops to hear reports on marriage, sex abuse at meeting

Priests' association to meet in St. Louis

Portland, Ore. -- Archbishop Responds to Marriage Equality in Style of Pope Francis

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: How are sisters called to lead? by Jan Cebula

Commentary -- Theologians critique Cardinal Dolan's defense of capitalism by Fr. Tom Reese

Philadelphia -- Archdiocese clears priest suspended after 2011 grand jury report Last of 26 cases resolved.

Jay Dunlap, who served as communications director in North America for the Legion of Christ and its lay affiliate, Regnum Christi, from 1998 to 2006 and as a communications consultant from 2006 to 2010, tries to explain how three popes — John XXIII, Paul VI, and John Paul II — failed to take action when informed of Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado’s sexual abuse, drug addiction, and misuse of funds. Why the Popes Failed to Act

Davis, Calif. -- Davis Priest Charged With Underage Teen Sex

Sioux Falls, S.D. -- Homeless services generate new cooperation in city

Billings, Mont. -- 9 men to be ordained in newly launched deacon program The diocese has not had an actual formation program for deacons in more than 30 years.

LUCENA CITY, Philippines -— Probe land reform program, farmers ask Church leaders

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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