Putin: I can work with Obama 
Manila, Philippines -- Local parishes will hold Masses and prayer services on Saturday in line with the Pope’s call for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria , Catholic church officials said.
Manchester, New Hampshire -- The bishop of New Hampshire's Roman Catholic diocese is asking parishioners to join Pope Francis on Saturday by fasting and gathering for prayer for peace in Syria. 
Editorial: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa): Deal helps foster healing  -- Dubuque archdiocese announces clergy sex abuse settlement
NCR editor at large Tom Roberts reported from Guatemala in the 1980s. This summer he returned. Read Part One of his account of the journey: In confronting a violent past, Guatemalans find miracles in present 
Also by Roberts: Missioner came of age in Guatemala 
Gallup, N.M. -- Gallup diocese to file bankruptcy this month to cope with mounting costs of litigation arising from claims of child sexual abuse by members of its clergy , the church confirmed Tuesday.
California -- State's Catholic bishops offer help in resolving prison hunger strike  which is approaching its 60th day
Dublin -- Irish priest questions nuncio's qualifications to appoint bishops. Almost a third of nation's bishops replaced in the last few months.
Lexington, Neb. -- Nebraska bishops will pull out all the stops on immigration 
Pencil Preaching  is blog that Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines scripture and sketching to reflect on the word.
Daily Bread  is a series short reflections, written by four authors who meet regularly to share the readings. Daily Bread is intended to help daily preachers and others who pray from the assigned scriptures each day to orient themselves to the Living Word addressed to the church in the world. It's a great way to begin the day.