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by Stephanie Yeagle

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There's a lot happening on the NCR website today, including some 2014 year end stories you might find interesting: 

German bishops are convinced that remarried divorcees are a test case for the church's credibility

In a message to the sick, Francis warns of the "lie" of euthanasia

NCR announces its 2014 Person of the Year: Pope Francis!

A kidnapped priest in Mexico was found murdered on Christmas day

Plus, the Vatican locked up two protestors over Christmas

And, Italy expelled the man who tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II

Over at Global Sisters Report, after one year of violence in South Sudan, Solidarity keeps up hope

In other news around the web: 

Egypt axes "Exodus" film citing historical mistakes

Irish court allows clinically-dead pregnant woman to die

Zombie nativity scene ordered taken down by Ohio town bureaucrats

People keep stealing baby Jesus from nativity scenes

Nonprofit leader helps San Francisco church give sanctuary to homeless

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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