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Syria Defense Minister Killed in Blast

South Africa sings Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 today.

As the widespread drought continues to damage grain crops across the Midwest, consumers could soon be facing steeper bills at the grocery store.

Forth Worth, Texas -- Father and son join Catholic priesthood – together.Both men are both former Episcopal priests, each with a wife and children.

Discuss -- Should priests report crimes revealed in confession to police?

We say: Charlottesville reveals the weeping wound of racism. What do we, the American Catholic faith community, do next? Read the editorial.

More Catholic churches in Greater Cleveland schedule reopening Masses

The China Post: Communist, Catholic conundrum

Weston, Mass. -- More than 20 Haitian nationals suing Weston priest, others in sex abuse lawsuit, a former Fairfield University chaplain.

WARSAW -- Catholic youth crusade against Madonna in Poland

A Nebraska federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by seven states against the Obama administration's new healthcare policy that requires employers to provide birth-control coverage to employees.

Commentary -- Michigan Catholic Conference could sabotage school finance reboot by linking it to vouchers

French priest charged with 30-year-spiel of child sex abuse

On the air: Catholic radio stations start in New Jersey

NCR: LCWR leader asks if Catholics can have 'questioning mind'

NPR: An American Nun Responds To Vatican Criticism

Editorial: Move forward to health care for all

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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