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by Dennis Coday

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Family synod is more diverse than media shows, sister auditor says

More from the synod: Synod debates divorce question, Pell says mercy found in hard truths Polish archbishop speaks of ministry lessons he has learned at synod.

Chicago Cubs fans and the underrated virtue of hope (KC Editor's Note: Disclosure -- As for me and my house, we will stand by the Royals. (Go Royals!).

Election 2016: Jeb Bush’s 86% burn rate underscores fundraising struggles for the GOP establishment Burn Rate = refers to the rate at which a company, or in this case a campaign, uses up its supply of cash.

Palestinian protesters set fire to a Jewish holy shrine in West Bank

U.S. Exploring Deal to Limit Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal

Pope Francis: Beware of the virus of hypocrisy

God save the kwacha. That’s what Zambian President Edgar Lungu wants his people to pray for on a national day of devotion and fasting on Sunday to reverse a decline in the world’s worst currency and fix a litany of problems from plunging copper prices to electricity shortages.

Refugees start new life in Houston thanks to programs in growing archdiocese

Scituate, Mass. -- Parishioners who have occupied their Massachusetts church for 11 years to prevent the Archdiocese of Boston from closing it vowed on Thursday to continue their vigil despite a ruling by the state's top court that they are trespassing.

Fort Wayne-South Bend -- Why Catholic? program flourishes in 22 parishes across diocese. It's a four-year, adult formation program based on the four pillars of Catholic faith as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Sydney, Australia -- Seven suicides after sexual abuse at New South Wales Catholic school

Christine Schenk relects on the Women's Ordination Worldwide conference 2015: Gospel-inspired boldness calls the church to justice

Book news: New book exposes bitter divides in Obama administration on Israel. Written by former U.S. negotiator, adviser and ambassador Dennis Ross.

ICYMI: Driven Underground Years Ago, Japan's 'Hidden Christians' Maintain Faith (Audio and text)

Plainfield, Ill. -- Thousands make pilgrimage to see St. Maria Goretti's relics

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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