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Chile — Hundreds of demonstrators dressed in black barged into a cathedral in a city in southern Chile on Saturday and interrupted the installation ceremony for the city’s new Roman Catholic bishop, Juan Barros, whom they accuse of complicity in a notorious case of clerical sexual abuse, blocking his passage and shouting, “Barros, get out of the city!”

Ted Cruz announces: How Ted Cruz Plans to Disrupt the GOP Presidential Primary

When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act five years ago, he visualized a time when the political hyperbole would be silenced and ordinary people would see that the health care law improved their lives. On 5th anniversary of health care law, no end to debate

A big part of Pope Francis’ success? A soundbite strategy that appeals to multiple constituencies at once. The Church, for all its impressive size and institutional and cultural resources, has in many ways become a ship of spiritually lukewarm passengers led by complacent bureaucrats.

NCR Editorial: What kind of reformer is Francis?

Naples, Italy -- Speaking in this economically depressed city Saturday, Pope Francis emphatically cried out for rights of workers and immigrants and the end of corruption.

Editorial from Cincinnati Enquirer: We strongly encourage the archdiocese to reevaluate the morality clause in its teacher contracts. Its insistence on policing its teachers feels less like principled leadership and more like Big Brother, with teachers' jobs and kids' fragile sense of self on the line.

Kenya -- If you can train for war, you can also train for peace. Sisters take up peace work in Nairobi's econcomically depressed neighborhoods.

Death anniversay tomorrow: Archbishop Oscar Romero, El Salvador's most trusted news source

Brian Williams makes first public appearance: Attends gala dinner of his Middletown, N.J., alma mater Mater Dei Prep. Gives $50,000 himself, helps raise $950,000 for financially ailing school.

Philadelpia -- Archdiocese moves to demolish 19th century church again riles parishioners

Fr. Dan McCauley: My 44 Years as a Missionary in Nigeria

‘Father of Singapore’ Lee Kuan Yew Dies at 91

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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