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Commentary: Considering three factors at play in Ferguson by Mary Ann McGivern

Chicago -- Archdiocese clears pastor of abuse allegation

Cincinnati -- Catholic school principals told not to raise money for ALS association , which funds at least one study using embryonic stem cells.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Teenage pregnancy is down in the United States. This reduction could save taxpayers money, based on a new study.

Greensburg, Pa. -- A federal judge granted a permanent injunction to the Catholic diocese of Greensburg that halts the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act.

Hobby Lobby fallout: The Illinois proposal aims to coax more health care providers into expanding family planning services by increasing their reimbursement rates starting Oct. 1. Officials are weighing whether the state has the legal authority to require health care providers that do not provide contraceptive services to refer interested patients to institutions that do offer the information.

Commentary: Ireland -- Abortion law offers escape to rich and a dead end to poor. nobody who can actually bear children in Ireland today -- nobody under the age of 49 -- has had any real say over our draconian abortion regime.

Stack and Rose are millennial activists. For all their political differences, Stack and Rose have quite a bit in common. Both were raised in large, religious families. Both learned the values of social justice from nuns. They both turn 26 this summer. Both consider themselves feminists and speak in that patois, using words like empowerment and choice.The Abortion War's Special Ops

Oklahoma City -- Catholic bishop sues over planned black mass to halt the use of what he said were stolen communion wafers

GSR on the border -- Why are we detaining these women and their children? by Sr. Janet Gildea 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.

Reno, Nev. -- Catholic Charities St. Vincent Dining Hall offers free haircuts. In surprise, 30 percent of recipients were women.

Prince Albert, Canada -- Missionaries return from ‘life-changing’ Tanzania trip. Full disclosure: My brother, Fr. Tim, runs the water project highlighted in this article.

GSR in Africa -- The Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa is meeting in Zimbabwe and GSR managing editor Mary Lou Nolan is there. 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.

NY Times story blurs issues in minister's employment problems

Damian Thompson says: If you want to understand how Pope Francis is planning to change the Catholic church, then don’t waste time searching for clues in the charming, self-effacing press conference he gave on the plane back from South Korea on Monday. It’s easy to be misled by the pope’s shoulder-shrugging interviews and impromptu phone calls. The Pope's real reform plan. It's about money

St. Paul and Minneapolis -- Archdiocese settles abuse lawsuit -- settlement is first deal reached under new law that extends time allowed to bring lawsuits.

Bridgeport, Conn. -- 'Meth Priest' drug supplier sentenced to 60 months

In case you missed it: Feminism and Christianity don't have to be mutually exclusive by Mariam Williams

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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