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Family synod: Irish bishops decide not to publish results of the survey.

More on the synod: Cardinal Walter Kasper calls to maintain, yet reinterpret, doctrine to help families.

And another on the synod: There is not enough focus on women, interfaith families or Asia.

Council for the Economy: Pope names cardinals, lay experts to consider management structures of the Holy See.

Philadelphia: Archdiocese to end tuition aid to children of abuse victims. The archdiocese is citing low participation and the desire to focus the aid directly on those abused.

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Syria: Release of kidnapped nuns belies persecution of Christians in rebel areas.

India: Two priests undergo 'truth serum tests' in murder case of rector.

Dominican educationalist faces jail in UK over 'most extreme' child porn.

And in Puerto Rico, the Catholic church has defrocked six priests accused of sex abuse.

Half of the parishes across the west of Scotland will be closed due to a shortage of priests.

Opinion: The secret Pope Francis haters -- There is a growing number of dissident voices in the Catholic community.

The story of Rio's Christ the Redeemer. This famous landmark takes a lot of work to maintain.

Another famous statue: U.S. ad of Michelangelo's David with a rifle scandalizes Italy.

Jet plane still missing: 42 ships and 39 aircraft are searching more than 27,000 square miles of sea for Flight 370.

Missouri lawmakers considering more restrictions on abortion.

It's National Catholic Sisters Week. Let's hear it for the nuns!

For more information on National Catholic Sisters Week, check this out.  

And, speaking of sisters, be sure to become a fan of our Global Sisters Report on Facebook.

PP-header_with-outline.jpgLooking for a little inspiration to begin your day? NCR's sister publication, Celebration, gives you two options, both based on the Scripture readings of the day:

Pencil Preaching is a blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.

DailyBreadBanner.jpgDaily Bread is a series of 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.

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