Fr. Tom Reese makes his debut as NCR columnist. Column called "Faith and Justice." Today's topic: Francis makes his first mistake 
1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment benefits last month. Here are stories from five of them. 
Despite potential political and economic costs, GOP leaders say they'll again set conditions on raising the US debt limit in February 
The best commentary on the NCR website this week: Much at stake for Francis in Vatican sex abuse moves  by Thomas C. Fox
Bridgeport, Conn. -- Bishop meets with parish members about sex allegations against pastor  Here's some background to this story: Sex allegations follow pastor to Stratford 
Fox News News Director: Pope Francis’ war on aspiration  By Adam Shaw. Some of you may have missed his earlier piece, Pope Francis is the Catholic Church’s Obama – God help us , which cost him a freelance job: Fox News columnist rips Pope Francis, loses Catholic News Service gig 
Church of England issues new heavenly directives governing Christians' use of social media The nine commandments of Twitter 
Vatican sources: Pope Francis intends to visit US in 2015 
NCR Editorial: Legion's record calls for criminal investigation 
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.