Morning Briefing

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish of Staten Island, N.Y., on Saturday won the Biddy Division of the 59th annual CYO Archdiocesan Cheerleading Competition. We'll have news about a parish meeting of Our Lady Star of Sea in San Francisco later this morning. Stay tuned.

Michael Sean Winters closes his three-part look at Catholic Mission, Religious Freedom & LGBT Rights by examining the situation in San Francisco, the recent adoption of an LGBT non-discrimination law that was backed by the Mormon church in Utah, and ask if we Catholics can’t find a better way to approach these issues.

Puerto Rico’s Archbishop Calls for Referendum As Marriage Law Is Ignored

Lenten Service: Parish fish fry oil becomes fuel

Commentary: Why Pope Francis Is Obsessed With Mary by Christopher Hale

From our sister publication: A Place to Call Home, a new series focusing on women religious helping people who are homeless. Read more

Vatican City -- Pope Francis meets relatives of ISIS victims David Haines and Alan Henning

Cleveland -- New ministry reaches out to those who have loved ones who are incarcerated

Warsaw, Poland -- Polish priest jailed for seven years over child sex abuse. Was suspended by his religious order in the rural Dominican parish of Juncalito last year after local residents accused him of molesting altar boys.

Masked gunmen fire on police at Catholic church in Lahore

Archbishop Kurtz: 'Use energy' of Selma anniversary to heal today's divisions

LCWR's new executive director looks to reflective decision-making

Sr. Dani Brought: On the front lines of mining protests with the Maya

Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit chorus will perform Jan. 6 at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Rome for an Epiphany Mass.

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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