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President Donald Trump is to unveil his second Supreme Court pick tonight "with the prime-time flourish of a reality show star," says Stephen Collinson at CNN Politics: Trump to unveil Supreme Court pick for the ages

NCR's Heidi Schlumpf reported on one of his candidates: Prospective Supreme Court nominee (Judge Amy Coney Barrett) puts spotlight on People of Praise

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The Washington Post followed with this story: The story behind potential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s little-known Catholic group, People of Praise

As whoemver the nominee is moves through the confirmation process, Michael Sean Winters makes this observation: Abortion and the Supreme Court: how the debate has changed

Another piece from the Washington Post: Catholics on the court: The historical struggle between canon and constitutional law

A record number of women have declared their candidacy in 2018, including progressive Catholic women whose campaigns have been informed and inspired by Catholic Social Teaching but Heidi Schlumpf tells us they aren't running as "Catholic candidates."

Have you read Pope Francis' exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate ("Rejoice and Be Glad")? NCR and Celebration have the resources to help you on your journey of 'small holiness'.

  • 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.

Manila, Philippines -- Philippine Catholic bishops on Monday called for fasting and prayers after President Rodrigo Duterte called God "stupid" and questioned God's existence in profane remarks that set the foul-mouthed leader on a collision course with Asia's largest Catholic church.

Trouble brewing in Pennsylvania: A statewide grand jury was empaneled in 2016 to investigate allegations of clergy sex abuse across six Roman Catholic dioceses. The findings are widely expected to expose decades-old abuse of children at the hands of priests in the dioceses of Harrisburg, Pittsburg, Allentown, Scranton, Erie and Greensburg. In late June, the high court issued a stay on its release. Last week priests named in the investigation tried to discredit media efforts to release sex abuse report and we learned that they engaged some high-powered, high priced lawyers, which prompted the question: Where does a priest get the money to retain an expensive lawyer?

Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez believes the Catholic Church is delivering on longstanding promises about clerical abuse.

I hope you saw this from late last week: Msgr. Arturo J. Bañuelas, pastor of St. Mark's Parish, El Paso, Texas, sent a dispatch from a parish on the El Paso-Juárez border

Our editorial on the subject: Return compassion to migration debate

The Diocese of Memphis was the subject of a three-day visitation in June by a two-member archbishop team who will report to Pope Francis on the state of the church in western Tennessee. The visitors were Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta and Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

Catholics in Australia are preparing for a plenary council in 2020. Here are some things to expect and suggestions (if you're Australian) on what to do: What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?


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