Morning Briefing

Australia -- Bishop of Parramatta Vincent Long Van Nguyen tells royal commission he was abused by a member of the clergy after arriving in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam in 1981.

Australia -- The archbishop of Hobart said he still struggles to understand why Catholic clergy abused children on such a massive scale, and blamed the church's response on an ignorance of "the seriousness of child sexual abuse."

Chicago and St. Louis -- Founder steps down while SNAP considers new directions

Holy Cross sisters launch '19:33 Offering' to raise money for groups serving immigrants

Supreme Court to hear case of Mexican teen slain by US border agent The case brings into question the constitutional rights of non-citizens, which could potentially impact other legislation and expand the scope of U.S law.

As Venezuela's economic crisis deepens, malnourished children become the norm

More Bomb Threats Close Jewish Community Centers Across The Nation "I've never seen a string of attacks like this that are targeting the same kind of institution in the same kind of way. This is new."

Pope Francis said today: The political community, civil society and the church must offer a shared response to the complexities of the phenomenon of migration today.

The Association of Hispanic Sisters in the United States has received a grant that will enable them to be a resource to leadership teams in Latin America. Association is ready to change the realities of Hispanic sisters in the US

One of the best stories on the website this week: At new Smithsonian African-American history and culture museum, Catholic stories emerge

Interview with Vijayesh Lal of the Evangelical Fellowship India: "Violence against women is increasingly being used as tool of persecution in India"

Diocese of Pittsburgh: Declining Catholic Population, Financial Woes Lead To Consolidation Of Some Schools

Cardinal Kasper tells Vatican Radio: Pope Francis' historic visit to the Anglican church of All Saints in central Rome on Sunday will be marked by the "twinning" of the Church of England community with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti on the south side of the city.

A television channel owned by Italy's conference of bishops is to broadcast BBC shows for the first time -- and has chosen the "Pride and Prejudice" adaptation featuring Colin Firth's famous wet shirt scene. Reportedly passed on international favourites such as "Top Gear," "Doctor Who" and "The Great British Bake Off."

Commentary from Albany, N.Y. -- Bishop scolds Catholic politicians who stood with Planned Parenthood and here is Bishop Scharfenberger's statement in Response to Recent Planned Parenthood Rallies


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