Here's the must-read stories on NCR today:
- Release of new language for San Francisco teacher handbooks sparks protests
- Is it worth staying in a church that keeps the oppressive status quo?
- Papal sex abuse commission 'developing processes' of accountability
- Catholic lobbying crosses divides in pursuit of the common good
- A moving reflection from Melissa Musick Nussbaum: One bled out, the other bled in
National news from around the web:
- Islamic State's hostage's family still hopeful she is alive
- A deity made of chocolate spurs a religious debate
- Gay marriage comes to Alabama over chief justice's objections
- Opinion: What would Jesus do about measles?
- Opinion: Religious objections to vaccinations? There really aren't any
- Commentary: Obama's Christian humility
- Pittsburgh's fundraising campaign should aid the diocese's sisters
International news around the web:
- Christians sent back to Vietnam from Cambodia face violent interrogation
- Japan defends seizing journalist's passport over ISIS fears
- Tagle urges Filipinos to fast during Lent to feed the poor children
- British Muslims protest in London against Charlie Hebdo cartoons
- Anti-Semitism report says to ban racists from social media
- Boko Haram violence could derail Nigerian elections
- Church bans 9/11 conspiracy priest from using social media
- Opinion: The pope is one of the most skilled politicians on earth
- Lancaster shrine saved by Nigerian religious order
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:
Pencil Preaching is blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.
Daily 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.