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Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, titled Amoris Laetitia ('The Joy of Love') is still top news. Read NCR's coverage here. Check out this same page for updates throughout Monday.

An Alternative View: In the wake of Pope Francis’s exhortation, 'The Joy of Love,' suddenly the rhetorical question, "Is the pope Catholic?" doesn’t seem so rhetorical anymore. Pope Francis Is Part Of The Catholic Church’s Identity Crisis

Allentown, Pa. -- Sex-abuse bill lobbying in Catholic churches is over the top Pa. Church leaders furiously lobbying to block bills that would open a two-year window for civil suits by victims who are blocked by the state's restrictive statutes.

Read this important series on Global Sisters Report: America's prisons: Working to change mass incarceration and the racism behind it

Atlanta -- Catholic leaders distance themselves from religious liberty legislation

ICYMI: The American Civil Liberties Union has sued for records related to the federal government’s award of funds to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Vatican City -- Vatican ambassador Vigano urges US seminarians to defend religious freedom at home

Why is the Catholic church moving away from just war theory? Five Reasons. Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International open conference today: "Nonviolence and Just Peace." Read more about the conference here.

Hiroshima, Japan -- Kerry visits memorial near ground zero of WWII atomic bombing

Hartford, Conn. -- Catholic archdiocese vs. insurer in priest sex abuse cases

Are faith-based programs for the poor a problem when there's no secular alternative? When Religious Groups Do What the Government Won't

DailyBreadBanner.jpgStart your day inspired with daily scripture reflections. Join NCR's sister publication, Celebration, for Daily Bread, a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings.

Or reflect on Pencil Preaching.jpgPencil Preaching by Pat Marrin. Every morning Pat Marrin breaks open the Word with a pencil sketch and a short meditation.

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