Ireland: Parish priest takes over as bishop of Cloyne . Says he will make every effort to bring healing and hope to the lives of victims of abuse in the diocese.
The 42 members of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference are meeting in Sydney to discuss the Church's response to the national Royal Commission into child sexual abuse. . Interview with conference president Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart
Australia -- Legal shield on abuse 'must be axed' . Victims says churches and other institutions should not be able to hide behind a legal loophole to avoid facing civil justice
Thanksgiving weekend sales up 13% from last year . Spending per shopper averaged $423 a person
NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: celebrationpublications.org/dailybread. You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.
Commentary: What Catholic bishops can learn from Hurricane Sandy  by E.J. Dionne
Letters to the Editor: Peroria (Ill.) Star Journal -- Each Catholic, not Bishop Jenky, makes decision on allegiance to church 
MANILA, Philippines – The so called “Catholic vote” is nothing but a “political myth.”