Morning Briefing

Monrovia, Liberia -- In the Ebola-ravaged country, churches serve as a last gathering place.

Lagos, Nigeria -- The Minister of Health has declared a ban on religious gatherings due to the Ebola virus.

Xinjiang, China -- Dozens detained after raids on Islamic schools

The Gambia, Africa -- President asked to reject anti-gay law. A bill was passed Aug. 25 imposing life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality."

Opinion -- America's gay rights battle goes global. Anti-gay rights leaders export ideas abroad as Human Rights Campaign names them.

Milwaukee -- Archbishop Jerome Listecki reveals his vision for the Catholic church

Nuns on the Bus -- NETWORK will launch its third annual campaign tomorrow. This new journey is all about supporting the even bigger power of the community of U.S. voters when we all choose to engage, writes Sr. Simone Campbell. 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.

Obituary -- Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. died on Monday in his home. A pioneer of the capitol's fundraising and lobbying industry, Boggs attended Catholic schools in the Washington, D.C, area, and graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown Law School.

St. Paul-Minneapolis -- St. Thomas theologians, Archbishop John Nienstadt exchange letters on pastoral leadership. According to St. Thomas professors, the archdiocese "is not sustainable."

Humphrey, Neb. -- Former Atlanta Braves athletic trainer turned priest now a Chicago Cubs fan.

Menevia, Wales -- Priests set to jump out of a plane hoping to raise funds for their diocese

A brief list of papal selfies, ranked.

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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