Morning Briefing

Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the massacre at the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador. On Nov. 16, 1989, a Salvadoran military squad entered the campus, where they shot and killed six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter. NCR has several stories in remembrance of the event:

Global Sisters Report also contributes to our El Salvador coverage with a piece by Dan Stockman on a sister who had been ministering to the poor for years in the country when four U.S. churchwomen were kidnapped, raped and murdered there in 1980.

Vatican City -- Pope Francis urges de-politicization of the family and confirms his visit to the U.S. in 2015

Francis may be talking about traditional families and marriage, but evidently there is a red-hot business in divorce celebrations

ICYMI -- Cardinal Sean O'Malley spoke to 60 Minutes, and said that Pope Francis recognizes the need to address the Bishop Robert Finn situation in Kansas City, Mo. We have more on the interview today. O'Malley also called the Vatican investigation of LCWR "a disaster"

Ferguson, Mo. -- Clergy prepare their sanctuaries and prayers ahead of grand jury decision 

Washington -- Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia wish the court had heard more appeals of same-sex marriage cases

Manila, Philippines -- Catholic parochial schools are losing thousands of students every year

Beijing -- A hit horror movie has rattled a Catholic diocese

Chicago -- Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Blase Cupich honor priest victim's request

Uganda priest found in Mexico mass grave

Female clerics coached for bishop selection as Church of England prepares for historic change

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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