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Families, assisted by volunteers, participate in a free lunch program sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas at the Johnson County Central Resource Library in Overland Park, Kansas, July 18. (NCR photo/James Dearie) See related story below.

Exclusive interview: Cardinal Wuerl proposes national panel to investigate allegations against bishops.

A priest of the Washington Archdiocese writes from his own experience: "First, we knew, or should have known, about some of McCarrick's behavior."

You may have missed this one out of Chicago: Cardinal Blase Cupich spoke on a panel at an annual American Bar Association meeting came just hours after the Vatican announced a change in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, saying capital punishment was "inadmissable." Cupich told the American Bar that "Capital punishment only continues the cycle of violence and vengeance."

News from Vatican comes as US government looks to expand use of death penalty. What Pope Francis' death penalty reversal means for Trump and capital punishment globally

Trump-loving megachurch pastor and author Robert Jeffress tweets: God Actually Loves Capital Punishment

Santiago, Chile -- Chile's national prosecutor requesting Vatican sex abuse files

Dublin -- Pope will meet abuse survivors as part of his visit to Ireland

New Delhi, India -- 'Married' Catholic bishop faces court case for embezzlement

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered a grand jury report on investigation into who six diocese in the state handled clergy sex abuse case, must be released. The investigation looked at Allentown, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

Pope Francis' exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate ("Rejoice and Be Glad") has inspired many. 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.

Durham, N.C. -- Duke Divinity School’s first woman dean, Elaine Heath, has stepped down after a brief and rocky two-year tenure marked by student protests and struggles to build diversity on campus.

Pure Flix is all about "faith, family and fun" — and occasionally politics. How a faith-based movie studio is seizing the moment in Trump's America

"I like it. The food's good. It's free. It's at the library and I like the library." Summer meals programs feed children during school breaks

The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington St. Lucy Food Project: Local Kids Pick Over 10,000 Pounds of Corn to Donate

Commentary: A solution to the US border crisis? Treat detained migrants as refugees

A sneak peek at this week's Leadershp Confernce of Women Religious annual assembly: Upcoming LCWR assembly will continue the call to communion

Bangkok, Thailand -- Prime minister's office issues new protocols for media coverage of the prime minister, including photographers must bow to the prime minister before and after taking his pictures. Let's hope President Trump doesn't see that!

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