Morning Briefing

Contemplative nuns get new marching orders Francis mandates wide changes for contemplative women religious, requests revision of all constitutions

Looks like the German language service of Vatican Radio has published the English version of the women’s contemplative life document: Seeking the face of god has always been a part of our human history.

Minneapolis-St. Paul: Memo says Vatican nuncio quashed sexual misconduct inquiry of Archbishop Nienstedt And don't forget this earlier story: Criminal charges dropped against Twin Cities archdiocese after it admits wrongdoing in abuse case

The Republican National Convention: Republican platform says government is still the problem Proposes fewer government programs, fewer regulations and smaller taxes.

The Republican National Convention: In Case You Didn't Hear -- Donald Trump accepts presidential nomination (Video and text)

Here's one critique: Trump casts himself as Mr. Fix-It:

And another: Make America Hate Again They didn’t riot in the streets of Cleveland, as Donald Trump said his supporters would do had things not gone his way. But you saw the raw essence of a riot, the madness and loss of reason, on display in four days of chaos at the Republican National Convention.

And another: Trump Said What Middle America Was 'Waiting to Hear'

Let's not forget the Democrats: 5 Things to Know About Clinton's Likely VP Pick Tim Kaine

Baton Rouge Catholic community works to promote peace after shootings

Let's note forget the National Black Catholic's call for prayers and action: Monthlong prayer vigil ends August 15.

Portugal presents Boston Cardinal O'Malley with highest national honor. Marks his his service to Portuguese communities in the U.S. and for support given to the Catholic University of Portugal

Horizons: Young sisters reflectiing on their lives, ministries, spirituality and world. Holding onto hope in troubled times By Colleen Gibson. Read all the Horizon columns here.

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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