Morning Briefing

Today is Ash Wednesday. Read the Scriptures before the news. Joel 2:12-18; 2 Cor 5:20–6:2; Matt 6:1-6, 16-18

Pope Makes First Public Appearance Since Decision to Resign

‘Constant Drumbeat’ Sped the Pope’s Exit

Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz of Cracow, Poland, has ‘Cross’ words for Pope Benedict

Commentary -- New Pope? I’ve Given Up Hopeby Garry Wills

Explore this NCR special report with recent articles on the topic of immigration and family separation.

State of the Union: Obama challenges divided Congress

Transcript of Obama's State of the Union speech

Commentary -- +Cupich on HHS Mandate by Michael Sean Winters

Immigration politics shift from fear to possibility

Lightning follows the pope's resignation

Los Angeles Archdiocese -- Mahony voting for a new pope rankles some Catholics

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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