Morning Briefing

Joshua J. McElwee is with Pope Francis in Sri Lanka. While you were sleeping, he was working: Francis calls on Sri Lankans to acknowledge sin, evil of civil war

Sri Lanka -- Francis says religious dialogue can't come at cost of faith

Meanwhile, N.J. Viehland is in Manila waiting for the pope to arrive. She reports: In Asia, crises are priming the ground for the kind of church Francis is working to grow.

What's it like waiting to meet the pope? Frenzy builds over pope’s visit to the Philippines

Manila, Philippines -- 4 bishops join green groups urging pope to speak against large-scale mining

Because of gay rights pressure, Fox News’ Bret Baier, actor Gary Sinise cancel talks at conservative Catholic business group the Legatus Summit. Bob Newhart did the same last year.

Revere, Mass. -- The Boston archdiocese says a Roman Catholic school worker in Revere has been placed on leave and three supervisors have resigned after reports of possible indecent exposure. Parish priest, principal, and a teacher resigned after failing to report the allegations "in a timely manner."

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Fired teacher tries to recover cost of legal battle (which she won) from the diocese. In December, Emily Herx won a $1.9 million judgment after a jury found she had been discriminated against when she was terminated for using in vitro fertilization to become pregnant.

Save the date: Cardinal Timothy Dolan to celebrate 'Red Mass' in West Virginia Jan. 24

Local media outlet responds to Charlotte Catholic diocese objections to report on fired gay teacher

Eco Catholic: Cincinnati parish program gives trash second life ‘Beyond the Bin’

Kansas City, Mo. -- Kansas City's first woman priest has been excommunicated

Kansas City, Mo. -- Kansas City Catholics Divided Over Vatican Investigation Of Bishop -- Text and an audio report

ICYMI: Possible acceleration of Oscar Romero's sainthood cause creates mixed emotions

The most popular story on our website yesterday: An attempt to answer the question: Where are the young adults?

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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