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:

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.

Chicago -- At SNAP conference, debate emerges about what will Pope Francis do

Israel's right to security doesn't justify 'carnage,' French official says

Explosion kills Christian in Gaza as faiths unite in strife

Egypt begins truce talks with Palestinian factions

Pope Francis should cast out Netanyahu’s demons, Nicaragua president says

Detroit -- Water is Life Sister joins fight against shut-offs and privatization of Detroit water, by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy 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.

Between 2000 and 2012, Catholic church weddings have dropped by 40 percent. Where Are All The Catholic Marriages?

Korea prepares for papal trip: Korean Catholics differ on 'how to apply faith in real-life situations'. says Bishop Peter Kang of Jeju

Filipinos urged not to treat pope like a celebrity Bishop says pope wants 'pastoral and simple' January visit

Records reveal that 10 of the country's top church leaders defy the Pope's example and live in residences worth more than $1 million. The lavish homes of American archbishops

Lafayette, La. -- Bishop Michael Jarrell Sees No Reason To Release Names Of Sexually Abusive Priests

Lafayette, La. -- The priest accused of sex crimes in the 1970s told parishioners Sunday that the allegations are false.

St. Jerome Catholic Church in far Western Kentucky put on a picnic that became the center of the political universe this weekend. Read about it here and more here.

German president condemns his country’s invasion of Belgium as ‘completely unjustifiable’ on anniversary of WW1

Commentary: Vatican says 'Don't enjoy kissing' by Thomas Reese

"Cosmos" host Neil deGrasse Tyson tells critics of genetically modifying food to "Chill Out"

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