In case you didn't know, Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday, in which he called on Sri Lankans to accept their differences.
Francis will travel to Manila, the Philippines later this week, where McElwee will join NCR Manila correspondent N.J. Viehland. You can follow all of the coverage of Francis in the Philippines here.
ICYMI: Read this feature from Tom Boswell on his return to Nicaragua to find the flames of solidarity still alight
Fr. Peter Daly attempts to answer the question: Where are all the young adults in church?
Visit EarthBeat, NCR's new reporting project that explores the ways Catholics and other faith groups are taking action on the climate crisis.
And Mariam Williams asks: What would Christians need to overcome to accept transgender people?
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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:
Pencil Preaching is blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.
Daily 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.