NCR offers readers Advent Reflections: O Harbor of our Hearts 
Cardinal Dolan says Catholic Church 'caricatured as anti-gay'  Says church was out marketed and that he's ready for gay marriage battles
ZAGREB -- Croatians reject same-sex marriage 
Illinois churches discuss wedding plans: Will same-sex marriages be allowed in churches 
Australia -- The royal commission on sex abuse, which has been holding public hearings since September, will open a two-week inquiry in Sydney into the Catholic Church's Towards Healing process  adopted by the church to respond internally to sex-abuse allegations.
Australia -- The Broken Bay Diocese of the Catholic Church has donated $20,000 towards the cost of producing a 30-minute drama which tackles sexual abuse in the Church.  "A Priest in the Family" is based on a short story by Irish writer Colm Tóibín
Veracruz -- Parish priest, vicar murdered in Mexico 
Buffalo, N.Y. -- Parishes celebrate six years since reprieve kept churches slated for closure open. 
Glasgow, Scotland -- Catholic parishes ‘could close or be amalgamated’ 
Zambia -- Defense Minister Geoffrey Mwamba donates K50,000 to small Christian communities of cathedral parish. He says Small Christian communities are the pillars of the Catholic church.
Commentary: Nine months into his papacy, the pontiff has made clear his aim to restore the church's original evangelical passion.  By George Weigel
Newly Elected Head of U.S. Catholic Bishops Will Confront a Rapidly Changing Church Archbishop Joseph Kurtz Takes Traditional Line on Hot-Button Issues 
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.