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Iran, world powers struggle to end stalemate

Two stories you may have missed:

Disaffected Catholics: Leave, or Stay? Sampling of the outpouring of responses to a New York Times column by Bill Keller. (Missed the column?)

Catholic sisters rally against Ryan budget

Catholics nationwide rally for religious freedom

Catholic Hospital Leader Defends Split With Obama Administration On Contraceptives

Catholic group to launch ad against birth control mandate. The Catholic Association's 60-second ad will air nationwide on Fox News on Thursday only. The campaign cost "just under $100,000," according to a spokesman for the group, who added: "We will look at a broader buy later."

Rick Santorum declines position with possible Romney administration

Whether Mormon, Catholic or Protestant, faith a major theme in Rubio memoir

EDITORIAL: Stand with the nuns in the fight vs. injustice

Ireland: The Catholic Church agency Towards Healing provided counselling to over 1,300 abuse survivors between February and December 2011, according to its first annual report. Its helpline responded to almost 12,000 calls over that period.

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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