Morning Briefing

An appellate court has ruled that the Milwaukee archdiocese's $58 million "cemetery trust" is not protected by the First Amendment. NCR Milwaukee contributor Marie Rohde is working on a story. Check back here later this morning.

Our Joshua J. McElwee wrote about this yesterday: Vatican event tackles women's equality, inclusion, ordination

FutureChurch executive director Deborah Rose-Milavec reflects on the experience: FutureChurch leads a discussion on women's roles in the Church in the heart of the Vatican!

Eighth Circuit Holds Missouri's "Disrupting a House of Worship" Crime Violates First Amendment -- The case was Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Inc. v. Joyce

Vatican City -- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has been appointed by Pope Francis as new president of the Catholic Biblical Federation

Book review: The Future of the Catholic Church With Pope Francis by Garry Wills

Ireland bishop compares gay people to Down syndrome

Ireland -- Churchgoers in the parish of Annagry in Donegal walked out of Mass on Saturday night after the priest used his sermon to criticize a Donegal footballer’s stance on gay marriage.

Nebraska Catholic bishops declared Monday as a “Day of Fasting and Prayer for Marriage.” This came in response to last week’s order by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon that would have allowed same-sex marriages to be legal in Nebraska.

New York -- Cardinal Edward Egan funeral and burial today

Hilltop native celebrates 70 years with Maryknoll Sisters

The Selma effect: Catholic nuns and social justice 50 years on by Carol K. Coburn

'Selma' film prompts painful memories for Sister of St. Joseph who marched

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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