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Pakistan Activist Malala Yousafzai celebrates 17th birthday in Nigeria: "My birthday wish this year is 'Bring Back Our Girls' now and alive."

London, Ontario -- Transgender Woman Prepares to Enter Carmelite Convent

"Betrayed by Silence" is an hour-long radio documentary produced by Minnesota Public Radio. It's subtitle is How three archbishops hid the truth When clergy sex abuse threatened to become a scandal in the Twin Cities, the archbishop in charge covered it up. So did the next archbishop, and the next.

Sunday Shalom, a Catholic charismatic publication in Kerala, India, has an editoral declaring recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi was choice of God. The editorial says that Christians may have prayed that Modi lose election, but as he won that shows the Lord has chosen him as the one to serve.

Church of England General Synod set to approve female bishops

We say: Charlottesville reveals the weeping wound of racism. What do we, the American Catholic faith community, do next? Read the editorial.

As the Church of England votes on whether to allow female bishops here are 11 female role models in Church history

Did Pope Francis really tell a 90-year-old atheist journalist that 1 in 50 priests are pedophiles — in an unrecorded ‘interview’?

Vatican questions accuracy of latest papal interview

Religious Formation Conference at 60: 'Relocating the Prophetic Witness of Religious Life' by Dawn Cherie Araujo 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.

Detroit -- Mass Mob swells to 1,800, fills Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church

South Korea Church growing says Catholic leader after visit

Liberia -- Religious Leaders Adopt Action Plan to Fight Ebola

Hobby Lobby Fall Out: Dozens Of Religious Groups Refuse To Sign Contraceptive Opt-Out Form

Hobby Lobby Fall Out: Hobby Lobby supporters: Case was about owners' individual rights

NCR Editorial: Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling means tougher cases down the road

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:

PP-header_with-outline.jpgPencil 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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