Morning Briefing

LITTLETON, Colo. -- Colorado gun control activists rallied near Columbine High School, calling for an end to gun violence and marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre there and a planned nationwide student walkout.

On Monday, I told you this was a developing story: In February the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, announced it was ending pension payments with lump-sum payouts. The rest of the story came yesterday: Wisconsin diocese calls off plan to rescind employee's pensions.

As Puerto Rico wrestles with blackouts across the island, Jubilee USA Network is warning that Congress's oversight board for Puerto Rico could pass a fiscal debt plan that is worse than the fiscal plan in place before Hurricanes Maria and Irma struck the island. Puerto Rico's Archbishop Gonzalez testified to the oversight board yesterday: Human lives must be focus of Puerto Rico fiscal plan.

NAACP joins environmental groups in calling for EPA chief Scott Pruitt's ouster

Church crackdown intensifies in China's Henan province An official notice posted outside a church in Henan says: "Religion must not interfere with life and social order."

Chicago -- San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy delivered an important talk at Loyola University Chicago. Here are two takes:

For the first time since 1959, Cuba has a president not named Castro. Who is Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba's handpicked president?

NCR and Global Sisters Report published this week a series of stories about Cuba and the church. Read them here:

Sunday is Earth Day. How you mark it? Find some inspiration in these stories:

Did you ever consider a good road, a convenient bus line and rural access to the internet might help eradicate hunger? US infrastructure investment key to better jobs, less hunger, Bread for the World recommends

If Pope Francis' exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate ("Rejoice and Be Glad") has inspired you to join the journey of 'small holiness', NCR and Celebration have the resources to help you:

  • 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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