Natural disasters are back in the news today:
- Mexico quake aftermath: Over 200 dead, dozens of buildings destroyed (video footage)
- Just over an hour ago -- Hurricane Maria live updates: Major damage in Dominica, Coast Guard ready to help in Puerto Rico
Perhaps you saw that President Trump recently visited the United Nations:
Cox Bazar, Bangladesh -- Persecution fuels radicalization of young RohingyaAn independent Arakan is the only way for a lasting peace and I am ready to die for it, says Rohingya youth
Of course, the big news over the weekend and early this week, was Fr. James Martin uninvited from talk at CUA seminary.
- But did you know that a week before that NCR's Brian Roewe was already reporting: Fr. James Martin in social media fray over LGBT conversation
- The Real Scandal -- Commentary by John Gehring at Commonweal: What Attacks on James Martin Say about the U.S. Church
- NCR's Heidi Schlumpf reminds us that not all people hunted by these social media groups are as high profile as Jim Martin. Ever hear of Rebecca Bratten Weiss? 'New Pro-Life Movement' co-founder loses job, attacked online
Here's another story we published a couple weeks back: "Irish priests call for diaconate pause" Wait on results from pope's commission on women deacons, they say But NCR's Peter Feuerherd found their counterparts in USA and Canada gave that call a cool reception.
Msgr. John Strynkowski, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, writes about Scriptural and doctrinal foundations of Catholic social teaching
Chris Herlinger, correspondent for Global Sisters Report, is a veteran traveler to South Sudan. His last reporting from there takes a step back from events to try to make sense of it all:
- Juba, South Sudan -- How religious renew their strength amid civil war
- Juba, South Sudan -- In civil war, soldiers are the wild cards -- and tough to access
Start 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 by Pat Marrin. Every morning Pat Marrin breaks open the Word with a pencil sketch and a short meditation.