Morning Briefing

Japanese parliament report: Fukushima nuclear crisis was 'man-made'

Patriotism, fireworks, hot dogs mark nation's 236th birthday

Swaziland -- Catholic women comfort murdered girls’ relatives

Great summary of current evetns in U.S. Catholic church: Feeling Under Siege, Catholic Leadership Shifts Right by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR

Blog -- Will the Catholic Bishops help elect Mitt Romney? By Barbara Miner

New to NCR! Visit our Obituaries pages to remember and celebrate the lives of those we have lost.

Stittsville, Canada -- Kate Winn graduates one day, rescues young child next day

Kenya -- The burial of the dead in a sitting position has divided the church and traditionalists in Bungoma.

U.S. Military Chaplains -- As gays serve openly, few problems for chaplains

Commentary -- Beyond the Fortnight for Freedom By George Weigel

Commentary from Australia -- Crisis of trust in the Vatican by Andrew Hamilton. If all publicity is good publicity, the Catholic Church has certainly prospered over recent years.

Ottawa, Canada -- Review promised after priest charged with theft, fraud

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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