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Your Advent Reflection: Inter-mission: Moving from fear to hope during Advent

When you figure this out, let me know: Attacks on Trump just make these voters like him more

Trump postpones planned trip to Israel, says he'll reschedule 'after I become President.' Planned trip had become problematic for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Washington -- A Detroit-area Chaldean Catholic bishop testifyied on Capitol Hill Wednesday about the persecution and expulsion of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, and urging the Obama administration to recognize it as genocide.

Also from Washington, NCR's Tom Reese Reports: Thirty Christian leaders, including Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, have written a letter to Secretary John Kerry calling on the State Department to include Syrian and Iraqi Christians among those listed as victims of genocide by the Islamic State group.

Protesters disturb Mass at Catholic churches in Las Vegas: The group, Koosha Las Vegas, has been entering churches during services, shouting at Catholics that they need to repent now or else, and filming the acts and posting them on the Internet.

The opposition of Australian bishops to equal marriage is ignored by the public and will ultimately be faced down. But not before the established church threatens mayhem and terrifies politicians in defence of the status quo.

Cardinal George Pell's testimony to a child abuse royal commission has been delayed until next year because he is too unwell to travel to Australia. His lawyer had asked for videoconference testimony, commission says nope.

Background and Commentary on Pell's testimony: Royal Commission on Sex Abue

Chicago -- Providing health education to Muslim women and girls: Muslim-American women seek change from within

Two violent Central Africa Republic factions signed a secret non-aggression pact in advance of Pope Francis' Nov. 29-30 trip to the country to ensure his safety.

Nairobi, Kenya -- Every capital city has a place like Tumaini: a hostel where sisters stay when they’re passing through or traveling abroad, taking a course, or attending a big meeting. Q & A with Sr. Mercy Kariuki, hostel director

Ken Briggs remunates on journalism, truth-telling, The Boston Globe, NCR and sex abuse: The Spotlight and NCR

Roses in December: A call for an end to impunity in El Salvador

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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