Cardinal Francis George on the defensive: Chicago archdiocese prepares for release of historical files on sex abuse 
Seattle high school administers 'a vaccine against faith'  by Jamie Manson
The HHS Mandate: If the church is going to remain relevant, it's going to have to woman-up.  by Christina Pesoli
Massillon, Ohio -- St. Barbara's choir director Fred Berens to retire after 47 years  His favorite piece to sing: ‘Ave Maria’
Cali, Colombia -- Archbishop leads prayer march in protest against wave of killings 
NCR columnist Michael Sean Winters chided me yesterday for posting a link to Jamie Stiehm's commentary "The Catholic Supreme Courts' War on Women." He wasn't alone: Old-School Attacks on Catholic Church Don't Belong in 2014  and No Room in Polite Society for Anti-Catholic Contempt 
Sri Lanka Military refutes allegations made by catholic bishops in the North that the military used cluster munitions and chemical weapons during the final stages of the war.
Atlanta, Ga. -- Photo inspires look back at era when Catholic schools desegregated 
We're expecting new cardinals to be named any day now, but as I began morning briefing this morning, no word yet. Here are some thoughts from Fr. Tom Reese: Who are going to be the new cardinals? 
The Wolf of Wall Street: The 'culture of prosperity' by Phyllis Zagano
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.