Bridgeport, Conn. -- Diocese offers buyouts to 60 on staff (That's about half.) "We're in the process of belt-tightening."
About Syria, the editors of Commonweal ask: Time to Intervene? 
The art world: Vatican to sponsor its first pavilion at the Venice Biennale , featuring the Czech photographer Josef Koudelka, the Milan-based multimedia group Studio Azzurro and the artist Lawrence Carroll.
New editorial from New Jersey: Catholic Church suffers another failure by allowing Rev. Fugee access to children 
Philppine Elections: What happened to Catholic vote? 
Too good to be true? Turning Gold 'Green'  — Non-Toxic Method For Mining Gold Developed
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.