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LCWR meets in Nashville This week. Get all the background on that meeting here: LCWR 2014

Pope Francis will be in Korea next week. Vatican highlights Francis' Korea events NCR will be with Franics in South Korea. For background on the trip and continuing coverage see Francis in Korea

Three-day cease-fire takes effect in Gaza; Israeli delegation arrives in Cairo for truce talks

Israeli officials meet with Egyptians over Gaza ceasefire as truce holds

Nun on the Bus, Sr. Simone Campbell on tour in Kansas City: ‘Expand Medicaid coverage’ and An update from Dominican sisters in Iraq. All this on 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.

Pope expresses outrage at violence in Iraq

Admitting-privileges laws have created high hurdle for abortion providers to clear

Commentary: Taking stock of the effects of Middle East fighting on Israel by Ra'fat Aldajani

Another break for liberation theology? D'Escoto's restoration gives hope for promising future

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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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