Morning Briefing

Columbus, Ga. -- After outcry, SOA Watch receives new permit proposal for annual protest

Kansas City, Mo. -- Judge upholds order for breach-of-terms payment against diocese. Bishop Finn's got to find $1.1 million.

Gaza -- Israel Kills 3 Top Hamas Leaders as Latest Fighting Turns Its Way

Pope Francis calls slain journalist James Foley's parents

Assessing papal trip, Korean newspaper says, 'We were intoxicated under a holy spell'

Sisters, other Catholics, care for elderly in Cuba 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.

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Catholic bishop drops suit over planned 'black mass' Satanists turn over alleged consecrated host to Catholic priest.

Evansville, Ind. -- Fear of funding embryonic stem-cell research causes bishop to warn Catholics about ice bucket challenge. (He also doesn't like the idea of wasting all that water.)

Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is taking the ice bucket challenge, but he's giving his money to Iowa City research center that uses only adult stem cells for research.

R-rated movie filmed at closed Catholic school. 'Sex Ed' filming at former Catholic school in Tampa 'mortifies' bishop Plot summary sounds more dumb than dirty.

Cardinal George Pell told the Royal Commission investigating sexaul abuse that the Catholic Church is no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company which employs a driver who molests women Victims' families say it's a ludicrous comparison.

"Suicide Tourism" In Switzerland Is More Popular Than Ever

St. Louis, Mo. -- Archbishop Carlson's letter on Ferguson

Global religious hot spots get their own U.S. envoy

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.

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