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More than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday. Signers include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, billionaire GOP mega-donor David Koch, Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker

New York City public schools to close on two Muslim holidays

In Horizons, young sisters reflect on their lives, ministries, spirituality and world. Seeking balance By Nicole Trahan is a member of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianist Sisters)

Pat Marrin talks 'Francis' comic strips with NET TV Pat Marrin on video.

Good marriages 'lead to a flourishing society,' says speaker

Reporters And Lawyers Who Worked On Murdered Nuns Case Blast O'Reilly's Tall Tales

Patheos Catholic Joins Joint Call to End Capital Punishment

Responding to NCR obituary of Fr. Ted Hesburgh: At Notre Dame, a door closes, but many more are opening across Catholic higher ed

San Francisco -- Teacher petition asks Cordileone to drop San Francisco faculty handbook statement

Break-In at Y-12 How a handful of pacifists and nuns exposed the vulnerability of America’s nuclear-weapons sites.

Psychology textbook on cooperation grew out of projects planting flowers and trees: Hudson professor writes a textbook on cooperation

Mom wonders about priest’s stipend for wedding

Rockford, Ill., diocese appoints first woman chancellor

23 Assyrian Christians Released in Syria Ten days after the self-proclaimed Islamic State's harsh offensive emptied out a cluster of Assyrian Christian villages in northeast Syria, the extremists' intentions toward their 220 or more Christian hostages remain unclear.

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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