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French Catholic bishops travel to Iraq to support persecuted Christians On Sunday evening, about five-thousand people gathered in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, ahead of a mass for peace.

U.N. council calls for immediate Gaza cease-fire

Pope Francis in impromptu plea for peace: 'Please stop!' With his voice appearing to crack with emotion, the pope breaks off from his scripted remarks to make a direct appeal for fighting to end.

On the front lines of the immigration debate: Sacred Heart Church in downtown McAllen, Texas

St. Paul-Minneapolis -- StarTribune calls for Nienstedt resignation

Boston’s Nigerian Catholics mark parish 25th anniversary

Bridgeport, Conn. -- Diocese brings Catholics together for synod

Global Sisters ReportWhy the Jesuits (including Pope Francis) are on the frontlines of faith

Archbishop of Canterbury insists differences over women bishops should not halt moves to Anglican-Roman Catholic unity saying: ‘We need each other’ Welby’s unity plea to Pope Francis over women bishops

Meanwhile in the USA, Episcopal church celebrates 40 years of women in the priesthood

NCR's World War I coverage: World War I's Pope Benedict XV and the pursuit of peace

Opinion: Perhaps the poor can show the way out of consumerism By Cristian Martini Grimaldi

The future of the Democratic Party is embraced by conservatives: The Right's Strange New Hero: Gavin Newsom

Atlanta, Ga. -- Friendship Baptist, the city’s oldest African-American Baptist church, founded by former slaves with help from whites and still thriving, finds itself in the path of bulldozers that will raze the Georgia Dome as its replacement rises next door. The church is to be taken down, as early as Monday, 152 years after it was established.

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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