Morning Briefing

Palayamkottai, India -- Palm Sunday observed with religious fervour Roman Catholics and Church of South India community members march together.

Photo Essay: Palm Sunday in an indigenous Guatemala town

How Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Begins His Day:Prayer, Solitude And Some Very Non-Political Reading

Burundi's Catholic Church steps in as president refuses to step aside

Vatican Good Friday reflections ask: 'When will death penalty be abolished?'

Catholics on Left and Right Find Common Ground Opposing Death Penalty The story behind the joint editorial on the death penalty. ICYMI: Catholic publications call for end to capital punishment

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Indonesian Church prays for a Filipino on death row but believed innocent

Lexington, Ky.'s new bishop-elect introduces himself: "A Jesuit pope by the name of Francis sends you a Franciscan bishop trained by the Jesuits."

Public/Private Partnership: A Catholic high school, survives and thrives in Kansas City, Kan.

A group of 17 Anglican Bishops from all six continents have called for urgent prayer and action on the "unprecedented climate crisis".

"The Culpable" by Gerd Schneider -- German film tackles aftermath of Church abuse

Brighton Beach, Australia -- Parish church linked to sex abuse gutted by early morning fire

A woman under house arrest is testing Chile's abortion ban

Legislative developments in Indiana and other states, as well as the District of Columbia, are seemingly pitting LGBT rights against religious liberty. This binary is, however, false and Catholics must pursue a third way which upholds justice for all people while respecting real religious liberty.

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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