Morning Briefing

Precious Blood Sr. Ludo Ncube stands next to the outdoor kitchen for Sacred Heart Secondary boarding school. Learn more by reading the story by Marko Phiri below.

Philadelphia -- Archdiocese selling off nursing homes for $145 million

Two Archbishops’ Gay-Related Stories Show How Our Church Needs to Grow

Faith leaders call for religious exemption from LGBT executive order

After declaring two weeks ago that the LGBT "lifestyle" is "detrimental to society,"  the archbishop of Singapore issues Apologies and affirmation (Looks like one of those "love the sinner" letters.)

U.S. Supreme Court orders that Ohio birth control case be reconsidered after Hobby Lobby decision

Commentary: The wrong kind of papal 'ribbing' by Phyllis Zagano

Pope Francis calls landmines 'weapons of cowards'

Hong Kong's Cardinal Joseph Zen asks Pope Francis not to visit China

Kansas City, Mo. -- Victims of Catholic Church sex scandal gather to show their resolve The victims took the diocese back to court and an arbitrator slapped it with a $1.1 million penalty, which Bishop Finn asked the court to vacate.

Guatemala's first lady visits immigrants in Tucson She also visited Tucson’s Greyhound bus station to thank volunteers and city officials for reaching out to the Guatemalan women and children who are dropped off daily.

Global Sisters Report blog: Contemplate This -- Would you stop staring . . . Contemplative practice by Sr. Nancy Sylvester 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.

Presbyterians remove controversial 'Zionism Unsettled' from denomination's website

Vatican recognizes exorcists' organization The organization has 250 members in 30 countries.

Synod on the Family and CBS TV's fall sitcom "The McCarthy's": How Catholic are most Catholics?

Commentary: Too many ‘firsts’ for Bishop Finn, Kansas City diocese There will be no healing for the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese as long as Robert Finn is at its helm.

Editorial from the Kansas City Star: Shame again falls on Catholic leadership for harmful handling of sexual abuse cases Even a forgiving church can’t be expected to keep paying for failures of leadership.

Looking for a movie this weekend? Sr. Pacatte says 'Deliver Us From Evil' is dark, violent, and an adventure in grace

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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