Morning Briefing

I doubt you missed it, but in case you did, the biggest news from yesterday -- Supreme Court rules that some companies are exempt from contraceptive coverage

Also, five takeaways from the Hobby Lobby case. Plus, the US bishops' release a statement saying 'justice has prevailed' at the Supreme Court.

In other news -- Marchers, bishops push back on marriage. And an NCR editorial: No reconciling the irreconcilable when it comes to marriage.

From the Vatican -- The Council of Cardinals is meeting starting today. They will presumably consider an overall blueprint for a new structure of the Curia.

A book by Sr. Maureen Moorhouse recounts the 60 years of work her community, the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did with people in Zimbabwe, including establishing remote schools and clinics during a time and in a country plagued by colonial attitudes of racism. Sixty years of light by Jill Day. Global Sisters ReportGlobal Sisters Report, devoted to covering the mission and ministry of Catholic women religious. It offers news, commentary and reflections on spirituality and theology.

Manila, Philippines -- Vatican inspectors are heading to the country to find potential sites for Pope Francis' visit in January 2015.

St. Louis -- The Minnesota abuse case could help shape Archbishop Robert Carlson's legacy

Iraq -- Militants are making headway through Iraq and Syria. They declared the creation of a formal Islamic state.

California -- A middle-aged priest who collects art, loves the opera and preaches "turn the other cheek" on Sunday also trains to box during the week.

Catholic University of America student recounts her struggles after reporting a sexual assault.

St. Paul, Minn. -- One of the oldest Catholic parishes in the city closed due to dwindling numbers, but has reopened as an Islamic community center.

Commentary -- Here's an uncomfortable question: Should we have six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court? 

In Francis health news -- The pontiff led a long Mass on Sunday, looking tired but relaxed after several canceled appointments due to health problems.

Chicago -- Catholics march in Pride Parade: 'This is all about justice.' 

Commentary -- Massachusetts' minimum wage hike is a Catholic victory too.

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:

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.

Pencil Preaching is blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.

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