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by Stephanie Yeagle

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Actor and comedic genius Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide last night. Williams, 63, had been battling severe depression.

Pope Francis knows the future of the Catholic church is in Asia. NCR is already in South Korea checking out the scene as they prepare for the pontiff's visit. For background on the trip and continuing coverage see Francis in Korea.

Taking stock on the effects of the Middle East fighting on Israel  Also in the Middle East, is it time to give up on a united Iraq

LCWR meets in Nashville starting tonight. Get all the background on that meeting here: LCWR 2014

There will be more coverage of the LCWR meeting on the Global Sisters Report site, such as this blog by Sr. Joyce Meyer on the New vision of religious life as global sisterhoodGlobal Sisters ReportGlobal Sisters Report, is devoted to covering the mission and ministry of Catholic women religious. It offers news, commentary and reflections on spirituality and theology.

ICYMI: Check out this blog from the weekend, a Q&A with Dr. Vince Miller about the rise of the culture wars and how it ignores the common good. Then read how U.S. Evangelicals are cheering on the culture wars in Latin America.

Liberian doctors will be receiving doses of an experimental Ebola drug. Meanwhile, Nigerian archbishops have suspended the sign of peace to help prevent Ebola. 

Catholic sexual abuse drama is going to be unfolding on the big screen as Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams are added to the cast. 

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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