Morning Briefing

Pope Francis, in meeting with clergy in Ecuador, pleads: "What you got free from Jesus, give it away for free. Please. Please. Do not charge anything for that, for grace. Please."

At a Tuesday event attended by more than 1,000 priests and other leaders of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, Manila’s charismatic (and at 58, relatively youthful) archbishop, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, put his signature on a petition to world leaders demanding swift and ambitious action to avert catastrophic climate change.

Austen Ivereigh in Chile digs into the story behind the controversial appointment of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid to the Diocese of Osorno, where people and priests are still working to reverse the decision by Pope Francis.

Ongoing saga in Milwaukee: Archdiocese asks Supreme Court to reconsider lower court ruling that $55 million cemetery fund not be shielded from bankruptcy procedures.

Look back on 30 years of scandal: Fr. Tom Doyle on how clergy abuse survivors changed history.

Big win for Catholic Church, advocates for ill and disabled in California as legislature tables right-to-die bill.

Eight more parishes in Archdiocese of New York face closure, Aug. 1 deadline.

Court records show priest lied about hidden camera in church bathroom.

Time says it's official -- record number of candidates enter presidential race: GOP, 17 - Dems, 5.

Global Sisters Report: Notes from the field -- a reflection on time spent with Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters in California.

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:

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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