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by Dennis Coday

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NCR's Michael Sean Winters writes today: "In Paris, the dead continue to be buried, the police continue to track down leads and hunt down terrorist cells, and the politicians and the intellectuals search for answers, better to say, search for the right questions, in confronting religiously inspired terrorism. Regrettably, that discussion has spread to the U.S. where it has attained simultaneously, and unsurprisingly, an ideological coarseness and fact-free arguments." Paris: The Aftermath He concludes: "We Americans are better than fear-mongering."

Washington -- House votes to block Syrian refugees despite White House veto threat

No time for 'Kumbaya': Musicians tackle racism head-on in 'Shining a Light' benefit

Tom Reese's Friday column looks back at the U.S. bishops' meeting earlier this week: 'Faithful Citizenship,' what next? Read all of NCR's coverage and commentary from the USCCB Fall Meeting 2015.

Sisters of CMSWR explore prophetic character of religious life at St. Louis symposium CMSWR (Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious) is the leadership conference for U.S. women religious that was not investigated by the Vatican.

ICYMI: Lovers of the Holy Cross of Thu Thiem sisters have challenged the government ownership of their former education facilities in a developing riverside district of Ho Chi Minh City after they staged a rare prayer protest against destruction of their property.

This is of interest to book writers and publishers: Google Pushes the Bounds of Fair Use — and Wins

Solemn music on state radio and television early on the chilly morning of Thursday November 20, 1975, told Spaniards that Gen. Francisco Franco, fascist dictator for 36 years, was dead. Veteran Irish journalist recalls: Spain was in flux when I covered the dictator’s death

The best thing on the world wide web today: Sisters in Africa discuss: Anticipating Pope Francis' visit

Shanghai, China -- Catholic church in China luanches seminary recruitment drive

Recommending viewing this weekend: 'Jessica Jones' Is Marvel’s Most Nuanced Heroine Yet

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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