Morning Briefing

Fr Lombardi: #PopeFrancisPH spent 30 mins with 320 fmr street kids, "Songs, kisses, hugs. Blessing. Very beautiful."

Wisconsin bishop pressures St. Norbert College to disinvite Gloria Steinem

The latest from Pope Francis in Asia: Francis to Philippine government: Stop the corruption To bihsops and diplomatic corps, Francis makes strong case to defend family values which are "under attack from powerful forces which threaten to disfigure God’s plan for creation and betray the very values which have inspired and shaped all that is best in your culture,"

In the streets of Manila, crowds jostle to catch a glimpse of "Lolo [Grandfather] Pope."

Trying to clarify pope's "I'd punch him in the nose" statement: Vatican dials back pugnacious pope

Divorce ban shows Catholic church's power in Philippines

Read all NCR coverage of the pope's trip: Francis in the Philippines and Francis in Sri Lanka

Global Catholic climate network launches ahead of papal visit to Philippines

More Than a Dozen Detained as Europe Moves to Sweep Up Potential Terrorists

MLK Mass to honor strides toward civil rights

Springfield diocesan officials: Expect decision on fate of Cathedral High School next month

Duke Chapel To Allow Muslim Call To Prayer The chant will sound for three minutes at a "moderately amplified" level to announce the Jummah prayer service, held Friday afternoons in the chapel basement.

Camden, N.J. -- Camden bishop leads inmates in prayer

Harrison, Ark. -- Catholic parish works with local officials to combat Ku Klux Klan billboard

Franciscan sisters battle radioactive waste dump

'Industrialized' Ocean a Looming Threat to Marine Life "Shrimp farms are eating up mangroves with an appetite akin to that of terrestrial farming, which consumed native prairies and forest."

Your chuckle for the day: A Florida sheriff's office is sending back some official rugs after an embarrassing typo in them put the rug company in the doghouse.

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.

Join the Conversation

Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. Learn more here