Morning Briefing

Vatican City -- The highly anticipated Synod of Bishops on the family opened yesterday and NCR is all over the story. Vatican correspondent Joshua J. McElwee and NCR senior analyst Fr. Tom Reese will be covering the event gavel to gavel. Here's how we get started:

LGBT Supporters, Opponents Gather for Catholic Bishops' Meeting

Vatican fires gay priest on eve of Catholic bishops meeting

Uganda prepares of papal visit in November: Mathias Mazinga asked leaders of other religions what they expect from the pontifical visit

Munhall, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Mass Mob visits historic Pittsburgh-area churches, lends moral support

Maharashtra state government denies Catholic church request, won't stop production of "Agnes of God."

Global Sisters Report looks indepth at A powerful silence: the somewhat hidden witness of American contemplative orders

Amid suburban hubbub, cloistered Dominicans embrace the ‘silence of the eternal’

Lancashire, England -- END OF AN ERA: Nuns to leave after 160 years

Tulsa, Okla. -- American Airlines pilot Capt. Gary Beam carried a huge secret for more than a month: that he had been selected to fly Pope Francis back to Rome. “I’ve been wanting to burst at the seams ... It’s one of those secrets that you just wanted to blurt to everybody,”

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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