Morning Briefing

Manila, the Philippines -- Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), issued a pastoral titled "Our country and our faith." "We are enemies to none. We endeavor to be merciful." The five-page letter is a response to country's current socio-political situation, and it analyzes the issues of poverty, work, family law, and the government's war on drugs.

New Nyanya, Nigeria -- 80 couples tie the knot on the same day

Hagatna, Guam -- New Guam archbishop seeks healing after sex scandal and Apuron's canonical trial now ongoing, Byrnes says (text and video)

The Guardian reports: Pope's possible deal with China would 'betray Christ', says Hong Kong cardinal

Irish prime minister meets with pope. Taoiseach says Pope will visit Ireland in 2018

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., (who writes a very popular blog) and named as his successor Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla.

Columbus, Ohio -- Opening abortion forgiveness wins praise for Pope Francis from central Ohio women

Manila, the Philippines -- Pax Christi joins #16DAYS against gender-based gun violence

Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan Puerto Rico reflects on the more than 60 trips he has made to Cuba since 1989. The death of Fidel Castro

"It was very exciting for me to attend an international meeting in Nairobi, Kenya," writes Sr. Joyce Meyer. Intentionality will connect our goals across the world

Q & A with Sr. Fabiola Fabbri: bringing love to orphans in southern India

Guayaquil, Ecuador -- Mariana Srs. Fanny Bolaños and Gladys Robles live and work in Una Sola Fuerza, a so-called invasion community, an impoverished, densely populated area

Take and Read: Yves Congar opened a door into theology's changing role

News Analysis: New Lebanese president's career highlights US inconsistencies by Stephen Zunes

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