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Press Release: Philadelphia, Pa. -- 500 Advocates for Women's Ordination Gather Days Before Pope Francis' Arrival in U.S. Women's ordination advocates and leaders from 19 countries and 5 continents will gather in Philadelphia, Sept. 18-20 to call for ordination and equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church. As Pope Francis arrives in the United States, Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) urgently calls on the institutional Church to model equality and end the unjust treatment of women.

Some background: Catholic activists raise ordination issue as pope's U.S. trip approaches and Key dates in women's ordination history

Catholic women sharply call for Synod to open to women's participation, voices

Republican Presidential Debate: Carly Fiorina outshines Republican rivals, looms as Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare

Europe's Migrant Crisis: As Europe seals borders, Germany mulls tougher rules at end of refugee trail

Vatican takes in first Syrian refugee family after Pope Francis' plea to Catholics

U.N. Report: Boko Haram Violence Has Displaced 1.4 Million Children

If events like papal visit so disruptive, why host one?

Papal Trip: Historic D.C. church energized for Pope Francis' visit

Papal Trip: Chicago archbishop uses Pope Francis visit to highlight agenda

Papal Trip: Book Mark This Page to Get to All of NCR Papal Trip Coverage, before, during and after.

Papal Trip: Sister advocate for homeless in Philadelphia lives the church Pope Francis envisions

Canterbury, England -- A proposal to loosen the ties of the bitterly divided Anglican Communion drew mostly favorable reactions in Britain, while African prelates said they needed time to study the matter. Communion exploring how to deal with two of the most explosive issues facing the Christian world: inclusion of LGBT people and the ordination of women.

Synod on the Family: One of the three German bishops who will attend next month’s Synod of Bishops on the Family has proposed that the Catholic Church might offer “private blessings” to same-sex couples.

Global Sisters Report is on the bus with Nuns on the Bus

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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