Washington -- GOP grows confident of Senate takeover 
UN Mediator Lakhdar Brahimi to meet Syria sides separately, demands peace commitment - document 
Global poll of Catholics: Pope Francis faces church divided over doctrine 
What a way to celebrate Catholic Schools Week: Single mothers-to-be and gays fight firings from Catholic school jobs 
Berlin film festival: Racy von Trier film, film on radical Catholics, paired in Berlin  -- German-made "Kreuzweg" (Stations of the Cross) is about a Catholic family bringing up their daughter in a strict religious environment
More Film News: Vatican Acknowledges Philomena's Incredible Journey 
Ireland: Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says The teaching of the church could be used "in a homophobic way." The church has to be very careful that this was not done in the forthcoming debate on the same-sex referendum.
Commentary: Michael Sam bravely comes out. Now what? 
Pencil Preaching  is a blog in which Celebration editor Pat Marrin combines Scripture and sketching to reflect on the Word.
Daily 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.