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The nuns are on the bus again and NCR's Global Sisters Report is bloging live from the bus. The tour’s theme: “We the People, We the Voters.”

Des Moines, Iowa -- Biden, a Catholic School ‘Kid,’ Praises Nuns Under Fire From the Vatican

Springfield, Mass. -- Diocese opposing casino gambling sold property to MGM Resorts International (which builds casinos) for $1 million. The sale was made in 2012 before MGM and the city signed a development agreement.

American poverty rate is down, but it's not all good news

The synod on the family: 'The grace of self-doubt' by Jamie Manson

You may have missed this one yesterday: Sandro Magister says Franics is ready to give U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke the boot. Magister says Burke will be moved out of the Vatican Supreme Court to head up the Knights of Malta.

Here's what the folks at Pray Tell blog think about Magister's story: Cardinal Burke on the way out? Since it's a liturgy blog, comments are limited to the liturgical implications of this move.

At Commonweal, Mollie Wilson O'Reilly adds some perspective:Is Francis About to Decapitate Cardinal Burke? Or...Just Give Him a New Job?

A must-read story: Notre Dame sister welcomed home to parish that booted her 23 years ago -- 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.

Tulsa Catholic Church To Hold 'Holy Hour' During Black Mass in Oklahoma City

Children make noise in church – welcome it, says evangelization bishop

Australia -- The bishop of Parramatta, Anthony Fisher, has been appointed the ninth archbishop of Sydney, replacing the controversial Cardinal George Pell.

An enhanced role for the laity in Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese grows apace with the announcement that, for the first time ever, laypeople will now be able to take part in deanery meetings.

Meriam Ibrahim Opens Up About Time In Sudanese Prison: 'I Was Sure God Would Stand By My Side'

Nigeria -- 25 Towns under the Control of Boko Haram, Says Catholic Church

Australia -- Sydney Church Targeted By ISIS Threats and Australia Raids Thwarted ISIS Beheading Plot

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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