"Friends of Syria" group recognizes opposition coalition  but no explicit commitment to arm the rebels,
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.
Wisconsin vicar general responds to media coverage: Catholic Church must protect truth of Gospel 
Fargo, N.D. -- St. Odilia American National Catholic Church bills itself as a non-judgmental parish welcoming everyone, whether they are gay, divorced, disenfranchised or in recovery. The Diocese of Fargo says Catholics should not attend this schismatic parish, and anyone who does so could be excommunicated. 
Payson, Ariz. -- Anglican Parish Will Rejoin Catholic Church On Sunday 
Australian Catholic Bishops set up new Truth, Justice and Healing Commission to liaise with the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse . Former Supreme Court judge will head effort.
MANILA, Philippines -- Catholic bishops held simultaneous masses on Wednesday, December 12, hours before the House of Representatives votes on the controversial Reproductive Health bill that they staunchly oppose.