Morning Briefing

India emerges Asia’s powerbroker in papal vote Five of nine Asian cardinals are Indians.

Commentary -- Vatican Letter: The Final Days of Benedict XVI by Dennis Coday

Archbishop John Quinn calls for papal reforms

From crucifixes to bottle-openers: Memorabilia vendors prep for new pope

The NYT's take on things: Top Contenders To Lead the Roman Catholic Church

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New Orleans pastor resigns after eight months: The building project begun by predecesor "caused much emotional turmoil and physical distress"

Will Catholics embrace change? The view from one parish in Rome

Milwaukee, Wis. -- Area Catholics prepare for transition in world church

Re-examining the Catholic Church's celibacy rule

Power Struggle on Reforming Vatican Bank

India: Tamil Nadu Catholics pledge organs this Lent. Circulars have been issued across parishes focusing on organ donation this year.

Toronto, Canada, archdiocese investigate complaints: Priest sends “examination of conscience” home with elementary students. Questions included: Have I committed adultery or fornication? Have I become intoxicated?

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.


Papabile of the day: Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz: a gentle and compassionate figure who favors dialogue may not have the grit it takes to be pope.

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