NCR Today: Religious leaders announced this morning a statewide tour to end the death penalty at First United Methodist Church in Omaha.
NCR Today: The 'blind violence' in Nice; Nuns on the Bus 2016; Vatican-Beijing relations thawing? Weekend guide to Pokemon Go.
Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day Celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence."
The pope expressed his "deep sorrow" and "spiritual closeness" with the French people in a message to Bishop Andre Marceau of Nice, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. Pope Francis entrusted the victims and their families to God's mercy.
The following is a press release from the Baltimore-based National Black Catholic Congress. It was dated July 13.
The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) joins the nation in mourning over the tragedies in Baton Rouge, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, and Dallas last week. As we commend to the Lord those who have died, we pray for the consolation of all who are grieving.
El Salvador: Ruling could allow prosecution of alleged war crimes, including the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the killing of six Jesuit priests.
The Field Hospital: Bishop John Doerfler’s initiative aims for chants at Mass and approved hymnal in all parishes by 2020.
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, from NCR today and yesterday:
Before Pope Francis' visit, Poland debates proposal to ban all abortion
NCR Today: President Obama gives eulogy for fallen Dallas officers; Poland debates proposal to ban all abortions; revitalizing Catholic culture; Pope issues directive contradicting Cardinal Sarah's advice
NCR Today: As I write on Monday, July 11, people in India are planting trees. This energy uplifts me, even if the motivation is to beat Pakistan.
NCR Today: It is difficult to find someone who can truly provide a balanced view of the significance of Hillary Clinton's actions while serving as Secretary of State.