Morning Briefing

Pope Francis’ Ride. A new popemobile to be used by Pope Francis during his visit is a takeoff from the jeepney, a symbol of Filipino ingenuity.

Breaking from Vatican City this morning: Report: Vatican theologians declare Oscar Romero a martyr

Manila, Philippines -- Jeepney popemobile drives to history. For the uninitiated: jeepney -- (n) a Philippine jitney bus converted from a jeep (jeep + jitney; First Known Use: circa 1949. And yes, it is a playable word in Scrabble.)

Watch this website all next week for reporting on Francis' trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Vatican correspondent Joshua J. McElwee (on Twitter @joshmac) and Manila correspondent N.J. Viehland (on Twitter @njviehland) will be covering Francis' seventh trip outside Italy. Look for hashtags #LankaPope and #POPEinPH

In face of immigration protests, German bishops say churches must promote dialogue

Oakland, Calif. -- Obama’s New Plan Offers 2 Years Of Community College To Millions Of Students For Free

The best year for hiring in 15 years: US gains 252K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 5.6 pct.

Too many women on the altar? Yikes!

This report from La Crosse, Wis., reveals that Cardinal Raymond Burke has been fighting the good fight against the feminization of the church since at least 2000, when as bishop of La Crosse, he declared that only men could serve at pontifical Masses, which are those where a bishop presides.

Kyenjojo, Uganda -- Microfinance, savings groups seed success for Uganda farmers. Part of Catholic Relief Services' GAIN, Girls Agro-Investment Project.

Horizons: Young sisters reflect on their lives, ministries, spirituality and world. As the insects, like the swans: Living the vow of obedience with a free spirit by Julia Walsh

Catholic Flemish Students Union of Antwerp, Belgium, declares: Our bishop’s views aren’t Catholic. Rejects Bishop Johan Bonny's recent comments on homosexual relationships.

Sr. Rose's Review: 'Selma' shows how nonviolence can achieve social change

Moshi, Tanzania -- Catholic Bishop Cautions Against Haphazard Voting. People are to vote on a new constitution in April referendum, but copies haven't been widely distributed yet. Don't vote if you don't know what it says, bishops warns.

Dublin priest receives standing ovation after saying he is gay during Mass

Lancaster, Pa. -- Perpetual adoration one hour at a time

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 a 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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