Morning Briefing

Pray and reflect during Holy Week using Scripture commentaries, articles, art and graphics from Celebration, National Catholic Reporter and Global Sisters Report. Visit all the resources on the Celebration pageNCR and its sister publications offer quite a few resources for Lent (and when appropriate, the Easter season):

  • 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.

Chicago -- Who knew a priest talking about Jesus would be so controversial? Protesters, fans turn out for Fr. James Martin's talk in Chicago Check out our related editorial: We need bishops to stand up to spread of fake news

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In a CBS interview scheduled to air today, Jimmy Carter denounces President Donald Trump’s decision to hire John Bolton as his national security adviser. Trump's "Worst Mistake" yet.

In the news today: Commerce Department says citizenship question will be reinstated in 2020 Census. We reported in January: Catholic organizations oppose adding a question about citizenship to census, saying it will have a "chilling" effect on immigrants with or without documentation.

The Life, the international panel of Catholic sisters discussing issues about religious life, this month talks about education, calling it the highest priority and key to spiritual formation. Six sisters, five countries, four continents.

This reminds me of one of the giants of religious life, Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Margaret Brennan, instrumental in forming the organization that would become the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and before that, the Religious Formation Conference. She made it her goal that for every 100 sisters in her congregation, there would be 10 theologians.

And as March, Women's History Month, draws to a close, we'd do well to remember other Catholic women who helped shape the church we are today. Mary Dwan was the best that our Catholic Church can produce, says Fr. Peter Daly. She was a great friend of NCR.

Sally Cunneen: Women's voices meant to speak for all Her 1968 book, Sex: Female; Religion: Catholic, examined the changing role for women members of the church and her 1996 book In Search of Mary: The Woman and the Symbol brought a feminist critique to traditional Mariology.

Interesting developments in Rome: U.S. Papal Foundation announces period of reflection, re-evaluation. The group of "stewards" who pledge to give $1 million over the course of no more than 10 years and has donated more than $120 million in grants and scholarships since 1990 won't have its customary April papal audience.

National Council of Churches gears up to combat US racism Plans to launch "a multi-year, racial justice truth-telling initiative" on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Shot in his grandmother's backyard. As outrage over Stephon Clark's killing grows, his grandmother asks: 'Why? Why?'

Could it be true? Rumor is that Paul Ryan may resign as U.S. House speaker, Scalise will replace him

Last week you read about the Vatican's communications czar resigning because of the Benedict letter scandal. Well, the fallout is spreading: Benedict XVI criticism of theologian revives image of 'panzer cardinal' Retired pope's letter sparks speculation over what role he is playing at the Vatican during his retirement. (This site may require registration.)


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