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Syrian official says 'wide-scale offensive' launched (Video -- opens with loud ad)

Syrian Catholic Archbishop says: Syria without Assad would be like Libya

Vatican City -- The Synod continues. Vatican correspondent Joshua J. McElwee and NCR senior analyst Fr. Tom Reese will be covering the event gavel to gavel. Here's the latest:

This year, Catholic conservatives are ready for Pope Francis. His Synod on the Family may not be the big reforming step he expects

Michael Sean Winters gets back to writing about politics: The GOP Meltdown in Congress

Tom Gallagher catches us up on The Davis-Francis meeting: Who dunnit?

Global Sisters Report continues its series on Contemplative Communities: Three Dominican nuns formed new community in 2007, pray seven hours a day

Global Sisters Report Hands the pen to African sisters

House Republicans Create Special Committee To Harass Planned Parenthood

Donald Trump will need to start spending serious cash to keep his campaign going. He might not have it.

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, Washington, writes for "The Hill": Pope Francis’ message on immigrants humanizes debate

Little Rock, Arkansas -- Papal nuncio asks Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson to commute sentences of eight men scheduled for execution.

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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