Morning Briefing

Mary pulls out fabric to make products for the newHope cooperative in a convent in Italy. In the coop's workshop, former victims of trafficking gain job skills, a work contract, and dignity from creating the products. (Megan Sweas)

Paris -- French, foreign leaders walk arm-in-arm as millions protest Paris attacks

Berlin, London, Boston, Rome -- People In Cities Around The World Rally To Honor Paris Victims

Pope Francis tells diplomats: A global "culture of rejection" is causing "a true world war fought piecemeal." Makes special plea for women suffering violence and tramua.

Rome -- In new interview, Francis strongly defends criticisms of capitalism

We will know in September: Will Pope Francis address a joint session of the U.S. Congress? Imagine pro-choice Democrats squirm when the pontiff celebrates the sanctity of life and Republicans wriggle when the Holy Father talks about social justice, income inequality and the moral imperative of addressing climate change.

Caserta, Italy -- Italian convents act as safe houses in trafficking portal

Maitland-Newcastle, Australia -- A group here is pushing for an investigation into the deaths of more than 30 former Catholic high school students by suicide, drug overdoses or possible suicide, because of links to known or alleged child sex offenders.

EDITORIAL: Suicides linked to church sex abuse warrent investigation

Panama bishop received news of his appointment on his smartphone via the instant messaging service WhatsApp.

Crisis spots around the globe. Christians continue to flee Iraq; Boko Haram’s latest wicked twist; Haiti struggles for housing 5 years after earthquake

5 Years Later, Revisiting Sites Devastated by Haiti Quake

Past NCR reports on Haiti and the 2010 earthquake:

January 2010 -- Haiti, desperate poverty even before the earthquake

February 2010 -- NCR Editorial: The history that created Haiti

September 2010 -- Haiti: Grace in the rubble

January 2011 -- On earthquake anniversary, a papal full-court press for Haiti

March 2012 -- Haiti on shaky road to recovery

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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