Morning Briefing

Today is the first day of a month-long prayer action called for by the National Black Catholic Congress. They ask that all people of good will to pray this prayer together.

Have you been following our new Monday morning feature on the NCR Today blog? "Reconciliation in Chicago," a weekly blog from the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, based in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood. Each post features reflections from the ministry's staff and volunteers, as they share their stories about working with youth and families affected by violence and incarceration.

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Christopher J. Hale says the Trump-Pence is the Most Anti-Catholic Republican Ticket in Modern History

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Germany: Steep decline in Catholic church attendance Average church attendance is down from 18.6 per cent in 1995 to 10.4 per cent in 2015./p>

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U.K. justice and peace network meets in annual convention around the question: Justice, Power and Responsibility; How Can Democracy Work for the Common Good?'

Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada -- Protesting parishioners petition bishop not to replace popular pastor

Read more than the headline to this story: British man prosecuted after confronting priest who abused him as a boy

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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