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Pope Francis to Roman Curia: Reform of the church's central bureaucracy will go forward "with determination, clarity, and firm resolve." He also gave them a "practical aid" for their work: 12 pairs of "necessary virtues." (Remember last year he outlined 15 diseases he said were affecting the Vatican's work

Lincoln, Nebr. -- Diocesan campaign raises nearly $62.5 million. A fundraising consultant called it “among the most successful diocesan efforts within the Catholic Church in America.”

This news came Friday afternoon, ICYMI: Settlement reached in St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese civil case

No permanent fix for Nebraska death penalty

Through hands-on education, bakery and café helps women make new strides

Bungoma, Kenya -- Bishop scolds parish council members who play fast and loose with parish finances. Calls for transparency and accountability for every donation made.

Asaba, Nigeria -- Abductors of two Catholic priests in Delta demand 100 million Nigerian Naira ransom. That's about a half million U.S. dollars.

Michael Sean Winters found the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday a "sleepy" affair. I found it was a reasonable exploration of issues. You decide: The Dems Debate in New Hampshire

Obama Accuses Trump of Exploiting Working-Class Fears

Irish Catholics still coming to terms with sex abuse scandal: Archbishop of Dublin defends Murphy Commission report

Read this. The answer may surprise you: Can a Catholic oppose the Church’s position on climate change?

Here's a different take on the same subject:

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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