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Looking for news on the synod on the family? Bookmark this page: NCR Synod on the Family

Vatican City -- U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke mounts defense on Catholic teaching on divorce

Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley talks divorce, remarriage, and Communion

Kansas City, Mo. -- KC priest sees Vatican investigation of Bishop Finn as 'positive'

Los Angeles -- A funeral home company sues archdiocese for at least $250 million. Funeral business says archdiocese hopes to take over lucrative enterprise.

The bishop of Arundel and Brighton, who this week said he was “relieved” that a relationship he had with a woman six years ago had come to light, said that the church authorities did not know about the affair.

The GSR blog on contemplation: Learning to trust again  by Sr. Nancy Sylvester. 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.

San Francisco -- California’s Catholic leadership has filed a federal civil rights complaint over a state requirement that health insurance cover abortions.

LifeSite News says we are all in big trouble if the Synod radicals get their way. The last six words of this commentary: "Benedict knew what he was doing."

For 45 years, Sr. Doris Engelhard has dedicated her life to God and beer. The Meditations of Europe's Last Brewmaster Nun

Columnist response to letter-writer on abortion: "It's not often that I hear from someone who agrees with me on most issues except that [abortion], or that I get an anti-abortion letter that isn't written in a snide or scolding tone, using language like "baby-killer" or including pictures of aborted fetuses. So here is my open letter to her, by Rekha Basu

Catonsville Nine documentary covers era of anti-war activism

Not a Catholic story, but it caught my fancy: Disused phone boxes in London painted green and used as solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones.

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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