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Mormon Church's New LGBT Stance Draws Mixed Response From Gay Mormons

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The Catholic Health Association has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of King v. Burwell to help defend the Affordable Care Act from a tenuous legal challenge that needlessly threatens the law’s foundation and health care coverage for working families.

A student remembers: History and mystery: Two themes that guided the late Fr. Richard McBrien

Atlanta -- Georgia parole board refuses clemency for death-row inmate with low IQ

Just in time for the Super Bowl: If You Think Kids Are Safe Playing Football -- Consider This

10 Spain priests charged in child sex abuse case after pope steps in

At the most recent New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Barry Jones voiced concerns that the Mass in Te Reo was slowly dying due to a lack of priests, who could conduct them in Maori.

Johannesburg -- South Africa is set to have its first saint and martyr – Benedict Daswa.

Colleen McCullough, the world famous Australian author known for her romantic bestseller The Thorn Birds died Thursday at the age of 77. The movie novel tells dramatic love story of a young Meggie Cleary and a parish priest, Ralph de Bricassart. It was a hit mini-series on TV also.

Philadelphia -- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, “Doubt: A Parable,” is running at the Lantern Theater through Feb. 15. Actress gripped by her role in ‘Doubt’

In the news cycle again? Strict Breast-feeding Policy Makes You Un-Catholic?

NCR's Heidi Schlumpf examined this issue last spring: Breast-feeding in church? Why, naturally

And Pope Francis famously weighed in on the issue: Pope to moms: It's OK to breast-feed in public

Eucharia Madueke is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur completing doctoral studies in Development and Public Policy in the department of African Studies at Howard University, Washington, D.C. A Nigerian and a social worker, she is happy to introduce us the intricacies of Nigerian Family relationships to a wider audience.

Interrupted service for three hours: Kenya's Christian-owned Hope FM radio hijacked. Last week, a hacker infiltrated the website of Kenya's privately owned The Star paper and posted terror-related material on it.

Union Theological Seminary Hosts Faith Orientation For Members Of 114th Congress -- Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary: "Just as King Solomon knew that you couldn’t cut a baby in half and expect it to live, we know that you can’t separate faith, values, and politics and expect our democracy to thrive."

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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