Archdiocese of Los Angeles -- Media organizations can intervene to oppose redactions in the personnel files of priests accused of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a judge ruled Thursday. 
NCR Book Club: Benedict reflects on Jesus’ birth in Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives 
Philippines -- Bishops to discuss automated election machines during their January plenary . Suspicions of flaws in 2010 presidential election won't go away 
Australia -- Church employers 'seriously disadvantaged' by Fair Work Act 
Boston, Mass. -- Archdiocese rejects independent Catholic school for Salem 
Pittsburgh diocese eyes ads to bring Catholics back to flock  Read NCR's report on Catholics Come Home .
Buffalo, N.Y. -- When the Catholic Diocese began shuttering churches in 2007, there were concerns the vacant buildings would lead to blight. But since then, 58 of the 74 closed churches have found new roles in the community.Call it a church revival 
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.