Morning Briefing

Fr. Richard McBrien, a scholar of distinction as well as a popular interpreter of the Catholic church to the wider world, died early Sunday. He was 78.

Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare at the Princeton Theological Seminary:A conference considers the morality of drones

Libby Lane: First female Church of England bishop consecrated

Cardinal Dolan Is Homilist At Annual Red Mass in Wheeling, W.Va. -- ‘God Expects More Of Americans’

The Catholic University of America accepts more money from Charles Koch Foundation

Commentary -- Pope Francis’s U.S. tour will set off economic fireworks

Ukraine -- Nuncio Disses Pope

Peeved Parishioners Leaving SF Catholic Church Over Ban On Girls As Altar Servers. Pastor admits some people have left but thinks this decision will actually bring in more parishioners. "We have seen an overall increase in numbers and the income is up," he said.

Be Fruitful, Not Bananas: Pope Francis, Birth Control and American Catholics by Frank Bruni

Seton Hall University professor writes "scrupulously fair" book: "Clerical Sexual Abuse: How the Crisis Changed US Catholic Church-State Relations" Jo Renee Formicola

Congregants pledge $230M to Pittsburgh diocese for capital projects: first-ever attempt to wrap parish and diocese-wide goals under a single capital campaign

Central African Republic bishops invited Pope Francis to visit as part of an effort to end two years of intercommunal violence

Spokane, Wash., diocese and its former law firm settle malpractice lawsuit

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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