Morning Briefing

Cebu City, Philippines -- Site of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. Here's what the keynote speakers had to say: African, Indian prelates agree with Cardinal Tagle: Poverty due to corruption

Jesuit Fr. Tom Reese explores a practical experiment implementing Laudato Si' in an essay he calls: Insulation

NCR columnist Michael Sean Winters reviews Angus’ Sibley’s new book Catholic Economics: Alternatives to the Jungle. Winters says that Sibley sees in Catholic Social Teaching "an alternative to what passes for mainstream, orthodox economics today." Review: Catholic Economics, Part I and Review: Catholic Economics, Part II.

Zambia Catholic Bishops Caution Against Violence Ahead of Elections

Bishops urge Germany and Austria to keep on accepting refugees

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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.


When Melanie Lidman, African correspondent for Global Sisters Report, visits a sisters she guides them through writing workshops. Here's a sample of her latest efforts: Sharing voices of sisters in Tanzania and Kenya

Pope Francis will visit Chiapas in mid-February: In Mexico's Chiapas state, Bishop Ruiz leaves large legacy

Lydia Noyes, a volunteer with the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps program, experiences wintery January in Kermit, West Virginia.

Many black-owned funeral homes are struggling to stay afloat in increasingly-expensive marketplace and, as a result,their closings signal the end of a distinctly black way to mourn, writes Tiffany Stanley in a fascinating new Atlantic article. (H/T to PRRI and the Morning Buzz.


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