Morning Briefing

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Uncertainty fuels speculation on Ferguson decision

'You shot my heart': Priest pens emotional letter to Newark mother's killer

St. Paul-Minneapolis -- Several Twin Cities Catholic priests have taken the unusual step of hiring their own attorney to address potential liability from clergy abuse lawsuits and have invited all 200-some parishes in the archdiocese to consider doing the same.

St. Paul-Minneapolis -- Archdiocese sees $9M deficit for FY 2014; bankruptcy still option

The Holy Father has named an Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, Donald J. Hying as the new Bishop of Gary, USA. He succeeds Bishop Dale J. Melczek, whose resignation Pope Francis accepted upon having the age limit.

Francis insists on simpler liturgies; reforms the reforms of the reform. Reformed canonization rite returns

From The Boston Globe: (May require registration or subscription) Top Vatican prosecutor failed to report abuser

From the Associated Press: Priest picked by Pope Francis as sex crimes prosecutor failed to report abuse complaints: report

Five myths about Pope Francis Captialism, "fixing" the church; on peace; on women and on divorce.

Vienna -- Iran nuclear talks expected to resume next month

Reconciliation is complex in northern Uganda, where children were both victims and perpetrators of a decades-long civil war. African tradition blends with religion to illuminate path to forgiveness 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.

Platteville, Wis. -- Bishop Robert Morlino halts speech, changes venue after tangle with reporter

Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, remains in stable condition nearly two weeks after suffering a severe brain hemorrhage.

Racine, Wis. -- Parishioners said goodbye Sunday to a place that has been spiritual home to many of Racine’s Latino Catholics for more than 30 years.

Chicago -- Archbishop Cupich apologizes to West Side church for sex abuse His first of three pastoral visits to ethnic parishes

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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