Morning Briefing

Looking 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 assignePP-header_with-outline.jpgd 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 a blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.

Hopes rise for priest abducted in Afghanistan -- Jesuit Refugee Service hopes for release at end of Ramadan

Louisiana court challenges confessional secrecy

Oakland, Calif. -- Bishop clarifies intent of new clause in teacher contract

UN chief Ban Ki-moon says Gaza situation 'on knife-edge'

Gweedore, Ireland -- Parish priest warns Catholics should not “endanger” their souls by practicing yoga, tai chi or Reiki.

Philadelphia -- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has denied the appeals of five Catholic parishes fighting to stay open.

Q & A with Sr. Mary Germina Keneema --  Sr. Mary Germina Keneema is the executive secretary for the Social Communications Commission of the Archdiocese of Mbarara in southwestern Uganda. 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.

Priest arrested after spray-painting sign at Kansas City weapons plant

St. Paul archdiocese put accused priest on marriage tribunal, documents say

Children in the immigration system: Miami woman finds herself as legal guardian for more than 800 children

Commentary: The Hobby Lobby decision -- With religious exemption, conservatives demand something for nothing by Timothy Noah

Commentary: The Hobby Lobby decision -- Religious rights versus women’s rights. Prepare for a clash of fundamentals in the 2014 election by Bill Schneider

Gay groups pull support for anti-discrimination bill over religious exemption

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