Morning Briefing

Vatican releases synod list: 279 participants, including eight Americans. Among auditors chosen are a nun and married couple from U.S.

Pope appoints Bishop James Johnston to head Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri, scandal-rocked see previously led by Bishop Robert Finn.

Francis, just before U.S. trip, outlines his vision of an ethical market system.

From Peter Steinfels, an important essay on why the church should revisit the contentious issue of contraception.

Washington Post: 'Syria is emptying.' The war there prompts new surge in refugees.

Misperceptions persist about Obama's birth and beliefs.

Awaiting Pope Francis' visit, LGBT  Catholics in U.S. are hopeful.

Kansas City discusses neighborhood divisions, solutions with Nuns on the Bus.




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