Morning Briefing

During panel discussion at the Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University, President Obama describes "a great sorting" by class.

Washington Post's EJ Dionne (who moderated the panel at the summit) believes "Something is stirring in the religious world."

Bloomberg Politics' Melinda Henneberger: Are poverty and income inequality becoming mainstream, political issues?

Reform Group to Pope Francis: stop making mega-parishes as a way to deal with the priest shortage.

Vatican and Palestinian representatives have finalized the text of a formal agreement recognizing freedom of religion in the "State of Palestine."  From CNS' Cindy Wooden: Vatican-Palestine accord supports two-state solution.

Marco Rubio takes on Francis on Cuba and Israel.

Some staunch Israel supporters in Congress think Francis should stay out of politics (except for the right issues).

From Global Sisters Report: In person or with radio, Italian nun accompanies South Sudan's displaced.

Victims of Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia included missing CEO, Navy Midshipmen, AP employee.

Christians lose ground and 'nones' soar in new Pew portrait of religion in the United States.

Michel Sean Winters on Charles Camosy's new book, Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation -- "carefully reasoned and highly provocative."


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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