Rome -- Pope discusses reform with Vatican department heads. If reports on the reform are correct, the pope has decided that several councils established after Vatican II will be merged
Vatican City -- Two Indians and four Italians were canonized in a ceremony this past weekend. But what is really interesting is that the canonization rite performed by Pope Paul VI but set aside by Pope Benedict XVI returned
From our sister publication: A Place to Call Home, a new series focusing on women religious helping people who are homeless. Read more
Columbus, Ga. -- SOA Watch gathers for 25th vigil honoring Latin American martyrs
Busy hands build bridge to recovery, a story by Melanie Lidman about the educational training and hands-on therapy used in to help child soldiers in northern Uganda rebuild their lives. Also, don't miss the blog by Dawn Cherie Araujo discussing the new reality TV show on young Catholic women contemplating religious life. Global Sisters Report , devoted to covering the mission and ministry of Catholic women religious. It offers news, commentary and reflections on spirituality and theology.
Commentary -- Considering grace and the value of saying thank you
Houston, Texas -- Catholic Charities facing lawsuit
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:
Pencil Preaching is blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.
Daily 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.