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by Dennis Coday

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The most important news story of the day? LIMA COP20 Should the world community reach a climate treaty next year in Paris, it must first make progress in Peru, where the latest round of international negotiations began Monday.

You know what NCR thinks about climate change: Climate change is church's No. 1 pro-life issue

Author Austen Ivereigh Claims Cardinals Actively Campaigned During 2013 Conclave Vatican Press Director says it ain't so.

New Dehli -- A fire that destroyed the interior of a Catholic church in New Delhi on Monday morning has raised concern that the country’s Christian miniority is being intentionally targeted.

Peter Steinfels tells us that the last two papacies taught us the importance of understanding the national background of the man he sits in Peter's Chair. (JP II and Poland's struggle against totalitarianism and the Bavarian Catholicism that shaped Benedict XVI). Steinfels reviews three biographies that places Pope Francis in his Argentine context: From Argentina with Love

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic -- Top prosecutor off to Europe in Catholic prelates’ pedophilia cases

Warsaw, Poland -- Dominican Republic seeks stiff penalty in Polish priest’s pedophilia case

Ferguson Fall Out: Police angry at 'hands up' gesture by St. Louis Rams players(Text and video)

Ferguson Fall Out: Two Florida Churches Merge With Hope Of Bridging A Racial Divide

Colleagues at Religion News Service are seeking reader input on which U.S. cities Pope Francis visit next year, but I don't think on their list was St. Augustine, Fla., site 450 years ago of the first Catholic Mass on what would the Continental United States. Maybe it should be? St. Augustine awaits confirmation on Pope Francis visit

Spokane, Wash. -- College of Consultors elects priest as diocesan administrator.

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Teacher's case against diocese headed to trial Teacher claims she is victim of discrimination when diocesan officials fired her after she underwent in vitro fertilization.

Editor's Favorite: Challenging our images of Christ -- Change lies in seeing the Divine in ourselves, others

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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