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Column -- Catholic Church Reform's alternate gathering on the family highlights lay vocation by Sr. Joan Chittister.

A bit of mystery clouds nearly every aspect of the synod on the family

Cupich's record on abuse includes voluntary mediation, contribution to Dallas Charter

Kansas City, Mo. -- The hits keep on coming for the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese. In a lawsuit on trial this week, several witnesses told the jury that they had reported sexual abuse by Msgr. Thomas O'Brien for decades, and the diocese did nothing.

Healing and trust for tortured women by Melanie LIdman. 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.

Manhattan, N.Y. -- The nation's oldest Episcopal seminary is going through some turmoil. Eight of its 10 full-time faculty members walked off the job last week.

Richmond, Va. -- The Baptist Theological Seminary will be showcasing a 500-year old famed Bible.

Washington -- The Obama administration criticized Israel, saying the country could face estrangement from allies if it proceeds with a massive housing project. 

New York -- A pro-Israel group has sued the city's transit authority after it refused to run bus ads saying "Hamas Killing Jews." 

Vatican City -- Pope Francis has summoned Mideast envoys to Rome to talk about Islamist advances.

Vatican City -- Souvenir shops and calligraphy studios have for decades been producing personalized Papal blessings on parchment for the church. Well, no more. The Vatican says it wants to produce the parchments itself.

Brazil -- Evangelicals in this country are becoming a political force to be reckoned with. 

Manila, Philippines -- Activists have begun a 40-day "climate walk" to raise awareness about global warming.

Frankfort, N.Y. -- A priest walked out of a funeral, refusing to say Mass because a family member wanted to do the eulogy. 

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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