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by Dennis Coday

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Francis approves second miracle for Mother Teresa, sainthood expected in 2016. Sept. 4 is rumored date of the canonization.

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- Conflict between secular principles and growing fundamentalism, as well as rising inequality between rich and poor, worry the tiny Catholic community in Bangladesh.

From A Nun's Life podcasts -- Advent means starting over

Las Cruces, N.M. -- NM Catholic diocese sets events for Pope’s visit Francis will be just across the border in Jaurez, Mexico.

East Africa: Bishops Launch Year of Mercy

Do you read NCR cartoonist Pat Marrin's creation: Francis the comic strip? Comics are posted twice weekly.

Bronx parish pastor resigns amid widely publicized scandal

Dublin, Ireland -- Archbishop criticised for ‘vilifying’ clergy in abuse inquiry. Bishops and senior clergy denied natural justice, says Fr. Tony Flannery.

OK, hold all the predictable jokes and read about this brain research: The Case of the Bishop’s Brain A group of German neuroscientists scanned the brain of “a German bishop aged 72 years," identifying him only as "an eminent representative of the Catholic Church in Germany” while he was at prayer and in a resting state.

Rome -- Franciscans, Caritas release Handbook to help stop poverty. The manuel is called “Handbook for Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.”

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan -- Brother Rice High School, an all-boys Catholic school, defends decision to open prayer room for Mulsim students.

German book, Displaced – reports from both sides of the Mediterranean, challenges all of us to take a closer look and find more compassion and solidarity for refugees.

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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