Morning Briefing

They are on the streets making America great again: Faith-based protesters flock to Washington to counter white supremacists

The LCWR meeting in St. Louis also took to the streets: LCWR assembly reaffirms commitment to addressing 'the sin of racism'. Global Sisters Report attended LCWR — read all the coverage here.

Brian Flanagan, theologian at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, asks 'The New Ultramontanists': Why do some Catholics fear change?

The United Nations has warned that there could be a "bloodbath" as Syrian government and Russian forces prepare to assault the last major rebel stronghold, in Idlib province, putting millions -- many internally displaced civilians -- at risk. And children. Children among dozens killed by explosion at Syria weapons depot – reports

Saada, Yemen -- Thousands of mourners gathered on Monday to bury dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen.

Commentary: I don't remember voting for U.S. bombs to murder little kids in Yemen, do you? By Will Bunch

An NCR editorial: The nations that could stop Yemen's deadly crisis won't

This was posted to the website late last week; you might have missed it: Richard Sipe, pioneering expert in clergy sexual abuse, dies at 85

Priest and theologian James Alison has two essays over at The Tablet that are well worth your time: (You may have to register to read them)

As long as you are at The Tablet website, check out Bishop Thomas Gumbleton's remembrance Blessed is the peacemaker: Archbishop Emeritus Raymond Hunthausen

Chile’s Catholic bishops have appointed Ana Maria Celis Brunet, an experienced lawyer and theologian, to lead the fight against clerical sexual abuse in her new role as president of the National Council of the Chilean Church for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Accompaniment of Victims.

Kerala, India -- Bishop may be arrested today, government tells Kerala High Court

Aug. 15 is Archbishop Oscar Romero's birthday. The British Archbishop Romero Trust celebrated a Mass in anticipation of the birthday anniversary and as a lead-up to mark the archbishop's canonization in October. Romero: 'a force for good in Americas and whole world'

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.

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