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by Tom Roberts

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Pope names U.S. layman to number 2 spot in Vatican press office. 

Horrible working conditions: The shameful secret of many Christmas toys.

Commentary: Faith, Fear and the Politics of Mercy. "People of faith need not be naïve to the real dangers of the world, or blind to the hypocrisy and cowardice of many who act in the name of religion", writes John Gehring, "to find strength in a God who is closest to the refugee, the woman widowed by a drone attack, the peaceful Muslim targeted for his faith."

Oyez, Oyez, They Said What? Quotables from the Supreme Court.

From Kathy Kelly: Reflections on Guantanamo via Kabul.

Obama accuses Trump of exploiting working-class fears.  

Reading lists of names and offenses of those who had sentences commuted becomes exercise in contemplation in this holy season.

Transitions, a collaborative ministry of three religious orders, helps homeless mothers.

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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