Morning Briefing

Kansas City Royals full of confidence heading to New York

Immigration debate? KC Royals to become 1st in Series history to start 3 pitchers born outside U.S.

Senate passes budget and debt deal, sends measure to Obama (text and video)

Cleared captive Shaker Aamer gone from Guantánamo

Grant Gallicho says good-bye to Commonweal "That was when I started becoming a Commonweal Catholic. When I started asking better questions. About politics. About the church. About myself."

Inter-Mission: Life between cancer remissions by Janet Gildea

European church leaders call for refugees' safe passage A group of 35 bishops and church leaders from 20 countries have gathered in Munich, Germany to discuss refugees and the role of the churches in Europe.

St. Louis, Mo. -- A live exorcism will be performed on TV Friday

Fright or foul? Archdiocese warns against purported live-for-TV exorcism

Sister's microlending program means women with HIV/AIDS retain dignity, savings

ICYMI: Holy See to UN on nuclear disarmament: let's get moving

Conversations with NCR Catholics: In the first edition of's new blog series, author Julie Gunter explains how a year of telling readers' stories became an unexpected personal journey. Read all of Julie's series here.

This is how Jeb Bush hopes to revive his sagging White House bid

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)

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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