Morning Briefing

Second part of NCR series on life after coal: the transition Francis urged in Laudato Si' "is happening right now in West Virginia” 

Pope’s concept of a synodal church must be put into practice, says president of German bishops' conference 

Commentary on interfaith dialogue: “It forces those who participate to understand and explain their own tradition in deeper ways”

Francis: Lay people not ‘second class’ members of Catholic church

Peoria parish plans $5 million expansion

This week, we celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of our podcast, NCR in Conversation. Catch the latest episode here.

New federal rule to ban smoking in public housing nationwide

Washington Post feature on gay Catholic reaction to Krzysztof Charamsa, Vatican official who “burst from his stained-glass closet last month”

Racial inequality: Another college president, this time at Ithaca, is facing calls to step down

Commentary: The Little Sisters should win at the Supreme Court

Scalia says: Supreme Court isn’t diverse enough, are all Catholic or Jewish, all studied law at Harvard or Yale…does the court express "the deeply felt principles of the country”?

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