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Confederate Battle Doesn't End in South Carolina as Petitions Spread Across Country

On his first papal visit to his native Latin America, Pope Francis issued an historic apology to the native peoples of the Americas for sins committed by the Catholic Church during the conquest of the continents.

Santa Cruz, Bolivia -- Pope calls for new economic order, criticizes capitalism (with video)

The most senior Catholic cleric in England and Wales has announced plans to turn thousands of churches in England and Wales into "missionary parishes". 5,000 parishes will be asked to set up evangelisation teams to win souls for Jesus.

Sisters Adorers, Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity began rescue work at Kalighat brothel, one of the oldest red-light areas of Kolkata, India, in 1998. Sisters Adorers give new options to sex workers

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On Wednesday, Jamie Manson looked into Pope Francis' deep ties to evangelicals. Today, Ken Briggs weighs in: Francis and His Evangelical Allies

Editorial: Government employees do not have a constitutionally protected right to pick and choose which members of the public they will serve, no matter their religious beliefs. Illegal Defiance on Same-Sex Marriage

Does the US Need a Nationwide Exorcism?. Clergy weigh the efficacy of exorcising an entire geographic area.

Chicago business journal profiles Archdiocese's COO a woman of faith and finance

St. Paul, Minn. -- Judge nixes clergy abuse victim video in archdiocese's bankruptcy case

Notes from the Field is Global Sisters Report's summer blogging project. Working with the Catholic Volunteer Network, we’ve enlisted four young women working in ministries of Catholic sisters around the world – Honduras, Thailand, Ethiopia and the United States – to blog about their experiences, each for six weeks. This is Mary Clare Mazzocchi's final Notes from the Field installment.

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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