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While the Catholic church's role in caring for the earth has gotten more attention in recent months following the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', a dedicated group of women religious has occupied a special place in the Earth justice movement for decades. US sisters' ability to connect social, environmental justice offers a path forward

Obama, Netanyahu meet at the White House

Commnentary: An Unconventional View of the Obama/Netanyahu "Make NIce" Party at the White House By Rabbi Michael Lerner

University of Missouri president resigns amid protests of racial issues. Protests stem from long-simmering protests at the University of Missouri over matters of race and discrimination.

Kansas City, Mo. -- Many pray that KC’s new Catholic bishop can ease the diocese’s pain from scandal James V. Johnston was installed this past week as bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

Commentary: Religious polarization on the way. We're losing the bridge of ambivalent Americans between strident secularists and strong Christians.

Protesters rally against Mormon policy regarding children of same-sex couples The policy, announced Thursday, labels married same-sex couples as apostates and bars their children from a naming blessing, baptism or mission call without the approval of the faith's top leaders.The policy, announced Thursday, labels married same-sex couples as apostates and bars their children from a naming blessing, baptism or mission call without the approval of the faith's top leaders.

Hong Kong -- Catholic bishop of Hong Kong hits out at gay marriage and tells flock to consider the issue before voting

Irish priests' statement calls for free, open discussion of church's exclusion of women

On climate, polls begin to show hints of 'Francis effect' Get all your environmental news from NCR at Eco Catholic. Read it every day.

Secrecy, corruption and conflicts of interest pervade state governments

Wichita, Kansas, and Vatican City -- Wichita bishop presents Vatican with sainthood cause of Kansas priest who died as prisoner of war in Korea. Read more about the 'Shepherd in combat boots'


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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