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Today's top headline: Catholic groups are mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

Kathleen Kelleher writes on the Pax Christi website Why I Went to Charlottesville: We went because we were asked, because we could, and because it was important to say, "This is not who we are."

Others should dig into local histories: Montana may be nearly 2,000 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, where a recent white supremacist rally turned deadly as neo-Nazis and KKK members clashed with counter-protesters, but the KKK has a history, including cross burnings, in the Big Sky State.​

We reported this news on Friday. Former KKK member, now a Catholic priest, went public after journalist's inquiry. More news continues to come out: Catholic priest with KKK past was abortion protester, Confederate history buff

NCR Vatican correspondent Joshua McElwee finds Silence of Vatican's doctrinal congregation notable under Francis

The monthly feature on Global Sisters Report called "The Life" pulls together an international panel of sisters who write short reflections on various topics. This month, the panel discusses networking as a new approach to mission. Exploring this idea are sisters from Chile, Nigeria, Zambia, Australia, Canada, the United States and Ethiopia.

Santa Fe, New Mexico — A TV news station has asked a judge to allow the release of documents concerning sex abuse allegations against clergy the Santa Fe Archdiocese. The archdiocese is resisting. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday.

ICYMI last week: Vatican II liturgical reform 'irreversible,' pope says

Poland's leading Catholic bishops have spoken out in support of establishing a ban on Sunday commerce. Speaking on Polish Radio, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki said, "Free Sundays are what all Catholics, non-Catholics and nonbelievers need."

Melrose, Minnesota — Should a fire-damaged church be restored or should a new building go up? Fate of historic church divides parish members in central Minnesota town

Manila, Philippines —​ Philippine teenager's burial turns into protest against the president's draconian anti-drug policies

Eight-year-old girl stumbles upon ultra-rare, 2,000-year-old 'half-shekel' minted during the Great Jewish Revolt prior to the destruction of the Second Temple

DailyBreadBanner.jpgStart your day inspired with daily Scripture reflections. Join NCR's sister publication, Celebration, for Daily Bread, a series of short reflections written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings.

Or reflect on Pencil Preaching.jpgPencil Preaching by Pat Marrin. Every morning, Pat Marrin breaks open the Word with a pencil sketch and a short meditation.

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