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It's still Christmas: Churches on Julian Calendar prepare to celebrate Christmas

Rome -- Francis diversifies cardinals, choosing prelates from Asia, island nations

Last week, before the list of new cardinals was announced, Fr. Tom Reese asked this question: When appointing new cardinals, will Francis follow tradition or continue to surprise? The question has been answered, but Reese's analysis of the choices Francis had is still relevant.

Yangon -- Myanmar Catholics welcome first cardinal

Catholic bishop in Eastern Ukraine says situation in 'war zones is catastrophic'

ICYMI: Leuven, Belgium -— Belgian bishop advocates church recognition of gay relationships

Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories.

The latest on Thich Nhat Hanh: Vietnamese monk emerges from coma

Germany -- Cologne Cathedral to turn out the lights in protest at anti-Muslim march

Belleville, Ill. -- Bishop Braxton Writes a Letter on Racial Divide in the United States

ICYMI: Commentary -- A Republican Ruse to Make Tax Cuts Look Good

Abuja, Nigeria -- Archbishop and priest square off over Feb. 14 presidential elections

NCR Editorial: 2015 could be the year we save the earth

Pope Francis Could Tip Balance Against Fossil Fuels

A good primer on Pope Francis and his anticipated encyclical on the environment: Tracing the Roots of Pope Francis’s Climate Plans for 2015

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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