Morning Briefing

Sorting out what the Vatican's apostolic visitation of women religious means:
· Changing the language: New dialogue after the apostolic visitation report? by Dawn Cherie Araujo and Dan Stockman
· An apology would have been welcomed by Dawn Cherie Araujo
· Abuse of episcopal authority in apostolic visitation created deep woundsby Thomas C. Fox
· The ending should have been the beginning by Joan Chittister

I am told that Sr. Sandra M. Schneiders will have a commentary about the apsotolic visition experience later today on Global Sisters Report. Come back to check it out.

Catholic leaders respond to news of US-Cuban rapproachment

Luke ends the narrative with a bang: "And then the angel left her." Mary agrees to the mystery and now is on her own. What does she feel, this young woman about to become pregnant who-knows-how? And then the angel left her

Pakistan -- Karachi archbishop calls for prayer and silence in Catholic schools for Peshawar massacre victims

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The head of the Sri Lankan Catholic Church, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith says the visit of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka next month will not be cancelled under any circumstances.

Spokane, Wash. -- A federal judge gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the Catholic Diocese of Spokane to take its legal malpractice claim to trial .against the law firm that handled its 2007 bankruptcy

Redondo Beach, Calif. -- 3 dead after car mows down crowd leaving a school Christmas program at St. James Catholic Church Twelve victims were hospitalized.

Hold the Christians of Gaza in your hearts Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, reflects on his recent visit to the tiny Catholic community in Gaza

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Silence would have saved her job, pastor testifies. By telling school staff that she was going to need to take time off for in vitro fertilization treatments, the teacher elevated the matter to a “scandal,” he said. “I told her that if it stayed between her and her husband, she’d still have her job."

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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