Morning Briefing

Archdiocese of Los Angeles -- Media organizations can intervene to oppose redactions in the personnel files of priests accused of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a judge ruled Thursday.

2012 Year in Review: The Philadelphia Clergy Child Sex Abuse Case

NCR Book Club: Benedict reflects on Jesus’ birth in Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

Rome -- Italians Outraged By Priest's Claim That Women Bring Violence On Themselves

Obama, congressional leaders give talks to avert fiscal crisis one last try

Syria opposition leader rejects Moscow invitation

Philippines -- Bishops to discuss automated election machines during their January plenary. Suspicions of flaws in 2010 presidential election won't go away

Australia -- Church employers 'seriously disadvantaged' by Fair Work Act

Parishioners mourn firefighters ambushed while responding to blaze

Newtown Monsignor finds strength from his parishioners

Boston, Mass. -- Archdiocese rejects independent Catholic school for Salem

Pittsburgh diocese eyes ads to bring Catholics back to flock Read NCR's report on Catholics Come Home.

Buffalo, N.Y. -- When the Catholic Diocese began shuttering churches in 2007, there were concerns the vacant buildings would lead to blight. But since then, 58 of the 74 closed churches have found new roles in the community.Call it a church revival

First 'alien earth' will be found in 2013, experts say

PP-header2.jpgLooking for an a little inspiration to begin your day?  NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you two options, both based on the Scripture readings of the day:

Pencil Preaching is blog that Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines scripture and sketching to reflect on the word.

Daily Bread is a series short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.


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