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Defiant Show of Unity in Charleston Church That Lost 9 to Racist Violence “What the enemy intended for evil, God is using for good. We are here to pray for the healing that needs to come.”

And responses from around the country: Houston; Atlanta; Youngstown, Ohio; and Little Rock, Ark.

Refugee count reaches unprecendented 60 million Graphic representation of refugee movements and centers

California: Say a prayer for rain? Interfaith ceremony gives it a try

St. Paul and Minneapolis -- Interim archbishop faces daunting task in tumultuous Twin Cities archdiocese

St. Paul and Minneapolis -- Former seminarian accuses Nienstedt of retaliation over rebuff

How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight

Ross Douthat on Francis' encyclical: This is a document aligned with the scientific consensus on climate that excoriates the modern scientific mind-set as, in effect, a 500-year mistake.

Pope Francis was in Turin for the weekend: Francis in Turin: Do not blame migrants for work troubles

Making his second call in as many days for tighter gun control laws, President Barack Obama on Friday told a crowd of mayors it was again time for a national conversation on the scourge of mass shootings in America. Watch video of his speech.

Gun Control Voices in Congress All but Silent After Charleston Shooting

Thousands of Christians hold protest rally outside burned Galilee church (Warning: obnixous video ad plays automatically.)

New church in Muslim-ruled UAE overflows with Christian believers

Detroit archdiocese -- Delegate appointed to provide a closer watch over the parish's finances. Plymouth priest reinstated after FBI investigation ends Belczak, 61, was removed in October during an investigation into whether he improperly used parish funds — as his brother, also a priest, is accused of doing at a Troy parish.

The Delaware County Daily Times Editorial: Pope Francis turns up heat on climate and child abuse

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:

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