Morning Briefing

Of course this was the big news yesterday: Vatican ends controversial three-year oversight of US sisters' leaders. Watch the NCR website and the Global Sisters Report website later today from analysis of the end of the LCWR investigation.

Here you can read the Vatican press release on the end of the mandate for LCWR and the joint statement.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open a key Vatican meeting April 28 on Pope Francis' highly anticipated teaching document on climate change. Joining him in Rome will be American economist Jeffrey Sachs and the pope's top representative on the environment Cardinal Peter Turkson.

South Bend, Ind. -- Notre Dame Is Under U.S. Investigation For Sexual Harassment Cases

Guam attorney general orders gay marriage to move forward

Washington -- Catholic University turns to buyouts and layoffs to cut spending

St. Paul-Minneapolis -- Church sex abuse victims face August deadline to file claims

San Francisco -- San Francisco ad signers counter 'fringe group' charge (The background to this story: Influential Catholics call for removal of San Francisco archbishop in full-page ad If you're wondering, "What the heck is going on in San Francisco?" just wait. We've got a block buster planned for next week.

Boston -- Parents of slain child opposed the death penalty for Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber Here's the parent's full letter.

WBUR Poll Finds: Death Penalty For Tsarnaev Increasingly Unpopular Only 31 percent of Boston area residents said they support the death penalty for Tsarnaev. That support drops to 26 percent in the city of Boston.

El Salvador jails women for miscarriages and stillbirths

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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