Morning Briefing, International

Welcome back to your weekly international edition of the daily briefing, where we highlight a little of what's going on around the world.

First, from NCR Today:

Three cardinals and the head of the global umbrella group of women religious look at four years of Pope Francis: Since 2013, Pope Francis has endeavored to shift church culture

Pope Francis' fourth anniversary: a church rooted in love for the poor

And from Global Sisters Report:

Sisters who blazed trails in higher education preserve heritage, charisms of Catholic universities

National Catholic Sisters Week, now in its fourth year, continues to focus on connection

From the British Isles:

PM sacks government advisor after he criticizes Brexit plans

Wary of 'Brexit,' AIG to Open Insurer in Luxembourg                    

Brexit, airlines' worst fear, has become their preoccupation

Scotland's Sturgeon says could hold independence vote in 'autumn 2018'                            

French presidential election:

Centrist, socialist Macron seen on top in latest poll

Scandal embroiled conservative candidate clings to presidential ambitions

'It will be a total disaster' if Marine Le Pen wins the French election, says France's US envoy


Suspected coalition raids kill 23 civilians in north Syria: monitor

China says it followed law in approving 38 Trump trademarks                   

China tried to get the US to negotiate with North Korea — the US declined

From Italy with love:

On Italy's Feminist Holiday, Women Have Their Cake And Eat It, Too

'Blonde Bombshell' racehorse stolen in Italy

Restaurant launches hand gesture menu to allow diners to order the Italian way

Ideas for next week? Drop me a line:

[Joshua J. McElwee is NCR Vatican correspondent. His email address is Follow him on Twitter: @joshjmac.]

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