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Germany's 'Bishop of Bling' in new scandal over penthouse flat in Rome

Catholic activists raise ordination issue as pope's U.S. trip approaches

NAKHON PATHOM, THAILAND – ‘Rebel’ female Buddhist monks challenge Thailand’s religious status quo With the religion beset by lurid scandals, female monastics or “bhikkhunis” are emerging as a force for reform

The EU refugee crisis: The map that shows why some European countries love asylum seekers

Don't be overwhelmed: You can help the Syrian refugees

NCR's new blog series "5 minutes with Francis" poses the question: If you managed to meet up with Pope Francis during his U.S. visit -- and you had his full, undivided attention for five minutes -- what would you say to him? Send 300 words to

Nuns on the Bus 'One full-time job should be enough'

Francis discusses death, life and 'bruised' church in new interviews

Two defining months: Francis could see rough waters in US and at synod

Mandalay, Myanmar -- Suu Kyi seeks support of Myanmar's Catholics

Bishop Robert Cunningham of Syracuse, N.Y., testified in a 2011 deposition: Child victims partly to blame in priest sex-abuse cases

Bishop Robert Cunningham of Syracuse, N.Y., issues public letter: "Victims of abuse are never at fault!" "It saddens me to read the article and to realize that my words gave the wrong impression to victims."

Cardinal Tagle in Bethlehem, Pa. On Saturday, Sept. 19th Cardinal Luis Antonio G Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, will be the keynote speaker at the Make Sad Eyes Smile Fundraising event at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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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