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Monday is the anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, and NCR is marking it with some articles that will make you think:

Orthodox Church debate over women deacons moves one step closer to reality

Upgraded jail cells — for a price: Pay-to-stay option allows even those convicted of serious crimes a safer, more comfortable stay. Los Angeles Times investigation: A program designed to ease overcrowding has evolved into a two-tiered justice system that allows people convicted of serious crimes to buy their way into safer, more comfortable jail stays.

Donald Trump at war: Trump’s Ramped-Up Bombing in Yemen Signals More Aggressive Use of Military

Donald Trump at war: More troops in Syria: Trump orders boots on the ground to battle ISIS But what are President Trump's larger plans for the region?

Donald Trump at war: Turkey wants these 5 things from President Trump

Health care reform: President Donald Trump is now marshaling the full power of his office to win over holdout conservatives and waffling senators to support the House Republicans’ replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Health care reform: A concise potrait of the issue, the players and the what's at stake

Health care reform: Pence, not Trump, takes the health care pitch to Kentucky. Support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and rogue Kentucky Senator Rand Paul seen as critical.

Health care reform: The American Hospital Association, America's Essential Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the Children’s Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, and the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems sent a joint letter to Congress opposing the American Healthcare Act.

Helping Fukushima recover from 2011's triple disaster

Sheffield, England -- Church of England bishop turns down appointment to new see. His support of women clergy was questioned. Read more here.

As the Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious XVII wrapped up March 3 in Yangon, Myanmar, participants said they would carry with them a renewed commitment to their responsibility as eco-citizens, the message of environmental care to their congregations and beyond, and an affirmation of the meeting's importance in strengthening the work of religious in the region.

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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