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Salt Lake City -- Catholic bishop gives his support to governor's Healthy Utah plan Access to health care "is imperative to protect human life and dignity," says Bishop John C. Wester as the Utah Legislature considers alternative to Medicaid expansion

Belfast -- Hindus urge pope to act after priest calls yoga 'work of the devil'

Abuja, Nigeria -- Catholic Bishops Meet Over Security, Violence-Free Polls

La Patrona, Mexico -- As migration pattern changes, Mexican women adjust methods of service

Sr. Joyce Meyer offers this Lenten reflection: Marked in our belonging

Ambassador White remembered at Mass as 'man of courage' He was fired from his post in El Salvador by Alexander Haig Jr., secretary of state for President Ronald Reagan, when he refused to be part of a cover-up of the nuns' murders.

The Oscar winners listed here. Video clip shows director Alejandro González Iñárritu making a statement about Mexico's democracy and US immigration policy.

Commentary: Asking the Right Questions about John Howard Yoder: Hillary Kobernick Reflects on the issues of sexual abuse by church leadaers.

Commentary: The best kept secret of the Catholic Church -— its social teachings

A plan under study by the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, which covers most of central Scotland, would reduce the number of parishes it administers from more than 100 to 30. Spokesman says plan is only "in early stages."

Uganda church marks 136th anniversary of arrival of French missionaries.

Boston Globe Editorial: Vatican’s outdated rules on divorce, annulment need reform

Catholic Bishop vs. Crackpot Catholics A group of liberal Catholics in San Francisco are outraged at Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

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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