Australia P.M. announces terms of reference for Royal Commission on Sex Abuse. They inlude: A focus child sex abuse in institutional contexts; An intial three year run, with preliminary report due in 12-18 months; Will have power of presecution.
Limerick, Ireland -- Maynoothprofessor of theology Fr Brendan Leahy has been appointed Bishop of Limerick.  At just 52 years of age, he be-comes Ireland's youngest Catholic bishop by some margin.
USA higher education -- Bishops, colleges find good collaboration in 'Ex Corde' review 
Manila, Philippines -- Over 9 million devotees join the ‘Black Nazarene’ procession 
Manila, Philippines — Twenty-six years after Roman Catholic leaders helped his mother marshal millions of Filipinos in an uprising that ousted a dictator, President Benigno Aquino III picked a fight with the church over contraceptives and won a victory that bared the bishops' worst nightmare: They no longer sway the masses. New law points to Philippine church's waning sway 
Paraguay's former president and former bishops Fernando Lugo has admitted he fathered a child with a nurse .
Rhode Island -- Bishop Tobin issues recommendations in light of flu outbreak 
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.