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From the Bloomberg Editorial Board: A Nuclear Weapon the U.S. Doesn't Need The Obama administration’s proposal to spend up to $30 billion to create a new nuclear cruise missile meant to be carried by the aging B-52 bomber makes no sense financially or strategically

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Iowa Caucuses How they work and what they mean

Catholic sisters band together on billboard campaign to bring pope's environmental message to Iowa caucuses

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.

Here are a couple of stories that broke late on Friday, you may have missed:

Former diocesan leader alleges Muller thwarted investigation of choir boy abuse

Catholic high school in San Francisco suspends students for attending racist party

Palm Beach diocese denies demoting priest for reporting abuse-related activities

Myanmar -- Aung San Suu Kyi's party assumed control of Myanmar'sparliament Monday and ended more than half a century of military rule.

Will a film about clergy sex abuse win an Oscar? SAG Win for ‘Spotlight’ Sows Confusion in the Best Picture Race

Lincoln, Nebr. -- Protesters call for embattled Catholic bishop to be removed

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx says the 'renationalization' of Europe has him deeply worried. Unifying Europe was a post-war peace project supported by Christians and the European idea must not fall into decline, he has said.

Tanzania -- Prime Minister Lauds Churches On Social Services

In Asia, officials, church brace for Zika virus

"Take and Read" is NCRonline's newest blog series. It will feature each week a contributor's reflections on a specific book that changed their lives. Good books, as blog co-editors Congregation of St. Agnes Sr. Dianne Bergant and Michael Daley say, "can inspire, affirm, challenge, change, even disturb."
The first entry: Fr. Charles Curran describes how Bernard Häring's The Law of Christ opened his eyes and mind to see a new approach to moral theology.

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