College round-up: In a top 10 list of Catholic colleges and universities for 2017, University of Notre Dame topped the list, scoring 25th in the nation overall.
NCR Today: Preparing for 2018 Synod; National Migration Week; Cardinal O'Malley on "the dignity of work"; Religion in Nigeria; McDonald's at the Vatican.
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 yesterday:
The Field Hospital: The Catholic church in a dynamic bedroom community outside of Manhattan has won recognition for its administrative excellence and been able to grow its ministries and staff.
NCR Today: Obama's farewell speech; Knights of Malta refuse to cooperate with papal investigation; Flannery to celebrate birthday Mass; Senate confirmation hearings
A popular Irish priest who was suspended from public ministry by the Vatican's doctrinal office five years ago primarily because of his support for women's ordination is planning to violate his suspension in order to celebrate the Mass for his 70th birthday.
Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery says in a Jan. 4 posting at his website that he wants to "honor my age, and my lifetime, by ignoring the Church censures, and celebrating a public Mass."
The Field Hospital: Former Secret Service agent trains Maine churches; retired priests now outnumber active in Albany; grief lingers in Newtown; Vincentians meet in Philadelphia.
The Illusion of Safety. Nuclear devastation is just one dropped wrench away. A true story tonight on your local PBS station.
NCR Today: Trump-o-nomics analyzed and more Trump transition news; Obama's farewell; Do you have plans for Jan. 21? Salt Lake City's new bishop was born in Philippines.
NCR Today: Republicans, backed by Donald Trump, and Democrats alike appear determined to recognize Israeli expansionism and its annexation of lands seized by military force.