Election 2012 -- Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has been thinking a writing a lot about this year's presidential election. You no doubt already read Michael Sean Winter's assessment of the the bishop's talk in La Crosse, Wisc., for that city's Red Mass (See MSW Responds to +Paprocki ).
Election 2012 -- Franciscans urge attention to climate change in election 
The Economy 2012 -- Jobless Claims in US Fall More Than Forecast to Two-Month Low 
The Economy 2012 -- Economy in US Expanded Less Than Forecast in Second Quarter 
Catholic priest accused of ivory smuggling . A priest accused of molestation in the US is now implicated in the illegal trade of ivory in the Phillippines.
Uruguay lawmakers vote to legalize abortion  The vote in Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies was 50-49
Bishop Lori in Baltimore: Catholic archbishop to host event opposing same-sex marriage 
We are not making this up: The Roman Catholic ministry Courage, which perpetuates the "ex-gay" myth and demands a life of celibacy from gay people, has released a terrifying video featuring a priest rapping about how sexual orientation and identity are a choice. 
NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: celebrationpublications.org/dailybread . You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.