Morning Briefing

Pope wraps up trip to Asia with strong words: Francis lambasts international aid, suggests Catholics should limit children

What was it like to be in the crowd of 6 million in Manila: N.J. Viehland gives us her perspective.

Out of the land of persecution: Chaldean religious find peace and hope in Chicago

Obama's State Of The Union Speech Will Aim To Influence 2016 Debate

In State of the Union Address, Obama to Move Past Hardship and Reset Goals

Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines is the guest of Iowa Congressman Republican David Young. Bishop Pates will give the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday. Read about Young's thoughts on immigration, homeland security and the State of the Union.

Nigeria bishop: ‘West must send in troops to fight Boko Haram’

Contemplate This: “Prayer. The world’s greatest wireless connection.”Read more in the Contemplate this series here.

The Bishop of Lancaster, England, has told Catholics that church closures in Preston are “necessary surgery” to address a near terminal decline in congregations.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx presents Heyns Lecture in Religion and Society at Stanford University on religion’s role in a pluralistic society.

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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