Morning Briefing

Need a laugh? Well, we've got just the thing. Check out Francis, the Comic Strip drawn and created by our talented Celebration editor Pat Marrin. Tuesday is Br.Leo day, which follows the antics of Francis' personal assistant, a bumbling Franciscan named Leo.

Pew study: Catholics lean Republican, but stray on same-sex marriage. 

New York: People's Climate March floods the streets to draw awareness. 

Washington: Advocates say that defending Christians is about defending goodness and humanity. 

Opinion: Christianity in Iraq is finished.

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ICYMI: Spokane, Wash., Bishop Blase Cupich was named archbishop of Chicago over the weekend. NCR will continue to have follow-up coverage on the appointment.

In northeast Uganda, it's a struggle, but Sr. Bibiana Anena and other members of the Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu are fighting the good fight. 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.

New York: An anti-Islam ad campaign will be running on buses and subways in New York City.

Warsaw, Ohio: A strip club and a church are battling it out. The pastor has spent the last nine years outside the club convincing patrons not to go inside. In return, the dancers are now picketing outside the church's doors.

Sri Lanka: Catholics are protesting the return of a statue taken by the police. In response to the riot, police have used tear gas and water cannons. 

Hong Kong: An estimated 13,000 students skipped classes and took to the streets to start a week-long protest against China's decision to restrict democratic reforms.

A new book gives 12 leadership lessons from Pope Francis and helps readers apply those to their own organizations.

Philadelphia: Sam Katz is making a movie about the history of Catholicism in the city. 

Madrid, Spain: Spain will repatriate a Catholic priest that tested positive for the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone


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.

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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