Morning Briefing

Lampedusa -- Pope Francis visits Italy's migrant island of Lampedusa. He threw a wreath of flowers into the sea in a sign of mourning (video)

Egypt: Coptic Christian priest shot dead

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic -- The hunt is on for Polish priest in pedophilia scandal

Commentary: The Church’s Errant Shepherds by Frank Bruni

Vatican City -- Pope Francis said Saturday it pained him to see priests driving flashy cars and told them to pick something more "humble."

Help fund independent Catholic journalism.
Donate now.

Paroled Joliet Diocese priest facing deportation

Kansas City, Mo. -- Lawsuit set to begin alleging abuse by KC priest drove boy to suicide

Commentary: Rush to elevate John Paul ignores victims, by Kevin Culle

Embryo Screening IVF Breakthrough Produces Baby Connor -- New way of screening embryos promises to increase the success rate

Is the Hulk Catholic? Vatican newspaper devotes page to the possible religious views of comic book heroes

Editorial: Catholic bishops cry wolf. Neither progress toward same-sex marriage nor a contraceptive mandate threatens the broad protections of religious liberty for which this country is renowned.

Dublin -- Thousands rally against abortion law in Ireland

Man who killed Amazon activist nun released after just eight years

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.


Support independent reporting on important issues.

 One family graphic_2016_250x103.jpg

Show comments

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

Commenting is available during business hours, Central time, USA. Commenting is not available in the evenings, over weekends and on holidays. More details are available here. Comments are open on NCR's Facebook page.