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Israel-Gaza cease-fire collapses within hours

Israeli Bombardment Partially Destroys Catholic School With Disabled Children in Gaza; Parish Priest Condemns 'Absurd War'

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press has found that about twice as many Americans say Hamas (40 percent) as Israel (19 percent) is responsible for the current violence. Just a quarter (25 percent) of Americans believe that Israel has gone too far in responding to the conflict.

Milwaukee -- Judge rules archdiocese must pay $1.35 million in legal fees

Washington -- Bishops join in backing national carbon rules on power plants -- Commenting on the proposed rules remains open through Oct. 16; the Catholic Climate Covenant, which works with the bishops' conference, has urged Catholics to weigh in on the proposals.

Inverness, Ill. -- Longtime music director of Catholic parish fired after engagement to (same-sex) longtime partner. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that someone sent to Cardinal Francis George a Facebook image featuring the couple after their engagement. The cardinal then sent the church’s pastor an email calling for his resignation, he says. When he refused to resign, he was fired. Colin Collette was a 23-year employee of the Chicago archdiocese.

Dallas -- More than 100 pastors and laypeople, including those from large churches, are demanding that United Methodist bishops enforce and publicly support church law restrictions against same-sex marriage. It's the only way to keep the denomination together, they say. Read their statement.

Church Rock, N.M. -- Marking the scourge of uranium mining by Joan Brown. 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.

Two U.S.-based missionary organizations evacuating non-essential personnel in Liberia (Registration may be required to access this article.)

Geneva -- World Health Organization takes Ebola response to new level. Launches $100 million program.

Baton Rouge, La. -- Diocesan employee arrested on charges of theft, unauthorized use of credit card

Orlando, Fla. -- Church and hotel chain partner to foster careers in hospitality for those in need

Hartford, Conn. -- Grant programs allows parishes to help each other's social ministry projects

England and Wales -- Landmark lay ministry courses has ended due to a lack of students and funding.

North Platte, Neb. -- Is that Buffalo Bill's face in stained glass in the Episcopal Church of Our Savior? And what's the hidden meaning of the Scripture quote?

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 a 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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