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How to beat the Islamic State and avoid a war: six steps by Phyllis Bennis

Bridgeport, Conn. -- Ahead of diocesan synod, bishop returns his residence to seminary

Little Rock, Ark. -- Bishop Anthony B. Taylor is downsizing. He's moving in with his seminarians

Jesuit Fr. Tom Reese looks back at the 1980 synod on the family

Nihilin Palestinian Territories -- Tent of Nations seeks to spread nonviolence in midst of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Pope Francis warns 'piecemeal' World War III has begun

Pope marries 20 couples, some cohabiting, a sign of papacy shift

If you want out of the St. Joseph County lock-up and can't make bail, it's to Sr. Sue Kintzele you make your case. Sister bail bondsman at 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.

Long before I entered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration –-- and long before Vatican II, for that matter -- the common, communal practice was that every sister had to fit all of her personal property into one trunk. By Sr. Julia Walsh

How the Catholic church masterminded the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby debacle

Freeport, Maine -- Before defamation trial of sex abuse activist, a timely twist -- the surprise arrest of his target

Teams from the Church of England and the Vatican are to duel on the cricket pitch (a fundraising stunt) Sept. 19, but Michael Claughton wont' be an umpire for it. He was rejected because organizers feared he wouldn't be “theologically neutral.”

Buffalo, N.Y. -- Diocese hopes to draw back lapsed Catholics through TV ads

China's Yes and No to Francis

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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