Morning Briefing

In quest to grow, Catholic hospital system pares religious ties. Catholic Healthcare West, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, is ending its governing board’s affiliation with the Catholic Church and changing its name.

Conservatives, evangelical Christians rebuff Romney in South Carolina

Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind. -- Diocese calling Catholics home

See NCR's story on this national ad campaign: Ads aim to extend Catholic welcome

Editoraila: Respecting religious exemptions. The administration’s feint at a compromise.

NCR coverage:

The news story: HHS delays, but does not change, rule on contraceptive coverage

Opinion: J'ACCUSE! Why Obama is wrong on the HHS conscience regulations

Analysis: White House refuses to expand conscience exemption

Analysis: Bishops' conscience model makes light of practical reason

Nigeria: Talk of "a climate of fear and mistrust" in the country dominates bishops' annual plenary meeting.

Philadelphia -- Catholic Schools Week bittersweet for many

NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.

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