Morning Briefing

Three things you should know about the Senate's health care plan — well not really THE Senate's plan, it's really a plan put together by 13 guys who are senators:

Washington -- Early reviews negative on Senate Republicans' health care bill

Quebec City, Canada -- Fox wins top award for his work at NCR. I was there to hear this moving address: Former NCR publisher/editor says, 'I’ve always felt as much a missionary as a journalist'

Come along on a "virtual retreat" as Global Sisters Report offers a look into a 10-day eco-scientific-spiritual program led by Maryknoll sisters in the heart of Panama's tropical forest.

You gotta ask yourself, how long the Catholic church can keep firing teachers and musicians because they are in a legal, same-sex marriage: No major US religious groups approve refusing service to gays. Some courts may uphold a ministerial exemption, but public opinion is pulling the other way.

Explore Pope Francis' environmental encyclical. Receive our FREE readers' guide when you sign up for the weekly Eco Catholic email.

I found this email in my in box this morning: "I read Friends from seminary days gather at Redemptorist center to bury friend's ashes and was deeply moved. Thank you." Thank you, dear reader, for you kind note.

Members of the ecumenical Circle of Protection are fasting on the 21st of every month: Circle of Protection condemns Trump's budget proposal

Maryknoll Sr. Betty Ann Maheu reflects on Women religious in China, a re-founding

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