Morning Briefing, International

by Joshua J. McElwee

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

First, some news from NCR today and yesterday:

Vatican financial watchdog registers three-fold increase in suspicious activity in 2015

Report: Pope considering global peace as topic of next Synod of Bishops

Fr. Hans Kung says Francis responded to request for free discussion on infallibility dogma

Women want to be deacons, want clergy to speak up about it

And from Global Sisters Report:

Political unrest, threats do not deter Friends of the Poor Sisters in India

Sisters in Ghana gain self-sufficiency with juice- and water-bottling operation

From around the globe:

U.N. envoy urges Obama, Putin to save Syria truce, peace process

The Dispute About the South China Sea Is Also a Dispute About History and America’s Role

Angela Merkel Abruptly Fires Germany’s Spy Chief

Migrant crisis:

U.N. chief urges European leaders to support refugees

Austria prepares to build 400 meter fence on Italian border

British EU referendum:

'Economists for Brexit' back campaign to leave EU

Britain would pay a "Brexit tax" outside the EU - OECD

Brexit is already hurting the UK economy

British Court rejects bid from expats for voting rights

From Italy with love:

Concordia skipper fights to avoid prison over Italy disaster

In Italy, one in three pizza makers isn’t Italian

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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