NCR Today: Reflections for Lent; Record job growth, record number of people with health insurance; Encountering new kinds of religious community; What about Pell?
The Field Hospital: Rural parishes seeking to bring together parishioners of different cultures should look to St. Jerome Parish.
Stephen Colbert is the first to make Catholic belief the wellspring of his satire. It's the serious weight that gives some of his most telling observations their heft.
NCR Today: These days, this is pretty much what I find I need to tell myself, over and over: "Breathe, dummy."
The Catholic church is intensely anticipating what Pope Francis will say about Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics in an upcoming key document.
NCR Today: Several leaders of various faith communities working to heal civil unrest in Baltimore came to Rome this week to seek Pope Francis' blessing in their efforts to work together.
Welcome back to your new weekly international edition of Morning Briefing, where we try to highlight a little of what's going on around the world.
First, what you may have missed from NCR yesterday:
St. Mary's International School in Nairobi, Kenya, will present the first international (and first post-Broadway) production of the musical sharing the name of the 18th century hymn of redemption.
The Field Hospital: Laywoman leads a Baltimore parish; Iowa diocese plans parish consolidation; Byzantine-rite parish aids the people of Flint, Mich.
NCR Today: Meanwhile, Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes, the whistleblower who first unveiled the abuse in the Jesuit College in Berlin, has called for Müller to step down.