Pope Francis is on his way back to the Vatican (as this sentence is being written) after spending a week in Africa. Here's the latest: Francis leaves Africa calling Christians, Muslims to be 'brothers and sisters'
Read all on NCR's Africa coverage here: Francis in Africa 2015
The other big international news is the opening of U.N.-sponosored talks on climate change in Paris. Here's NCR coverage so far: In spite of terrorist attacks, COP21 climate talks push toward deal and Papal shoes join global pre-COP21 rallies for climate action
Read NCR coverage of the Paris talks here: COP 21 Paris (COP21 means the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.)
35th anniversary this week: 1980-2015: Memory of El Salvador's church martyrs lives on
35th anniversary this week: US women religious look back on El Salvador martyrs, ahead to delegation to mark 35th anniversary
San Salvador, El Salvador -- Senior El Salvador priest fired over alleged sex with minor
Australian child abuse royal commission: Melbourne Archbishop defends George Pell, but admits bishops 'did not do enough' to remove abusive priests
St. Augustine, Fla. -- Death penalty to be discussed at diocesan prayer service
Dublin, Ireland -- Irish prime minister pledges to establish a Citizens' Convention to discuss the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Bishop slams prospect of convention on abortion The Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland introduced a constitutional ban on abortion.
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:
Daily 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.