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How do you spell quagmire? How do you spell squandered lives and resources? The Afghan War Isn’t Being Won, Says New Pentagon Audit A new summary of the country’s troubles by a special inspector general doesn’t paint an optimistic picture.

The Catholic #MeToo moment: Image religious culture journal fires founder Gregory Wolfe, cites accusations

Our earlier stories: Alumnae question Franciscan University of Steubenville's commitment to Title IX

Christendom College alumni call for Title IX response to sexual assaults

Two groups of U.S. Catholics examine the life of the church. The National Federation of Priests' Councils discussions: Fight racism, work more closely with laity and re-imagine priesthood altogether.

Ahead of V Encuentro, report gathers stats on Hispanic ministry in US The V Encuentro will end with a national gathering Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas.

Paul Ryan's firing of Fr. Conroy, the congressional chaplain, fits the Wisconsin House member's pattern when it comes to the poor, says Michael Sean Winters.

Here's a very interesting perspective: An outsider studies the insider world of women religious

Can non-Catholic spouses of Catholics may receive communion? German bishops bring communion dispute to Rome A delegation of seven German bishops and cardinals are to meet at the Vatican tomorrow with four heads of dicasteries to attempt to iron out a problem that has divided a majority of the German bishops’ conference from a minority.

Senior Australian Catholics have warned that marriage equality should not be a matter of “winner takes all” five months after unsuccessfully advocating a no vote in the postal survey which led to its legalisation.

Yesterday's news out of Melbourne, Australia, was Cardinal Pell ordered to stand trial on abuse charges. Nothing if not always controversial, and some would say divisive, George Pell is now at a decisive fork in the road. One way could lead to gaol after being sent to trial on May 1 to face multiple charges of sexual abuse. In Pell, we see an ideologue in action. How did he get to here?

The bishop who is to pastor Catholics in Pyongyang, North Korea, has never been there. Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung talks about dialogue and peace between North and South Korea.

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

  • 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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