Canada’s highest-ranking Orthodox Church cleric, Archbishop Kenneth William (Seraphim) Storheim, accused of sexually abusing boys over two decades ago , is on trial in Winnipeg.
Vatican City -- Pope Francis downplays threat of Vatican scrutiny of religious orders . Says 'gay lobby is real' and we have to do something about that.
Vatican City -- Jesuit writers get quick answer to papal audience request 
Commentary: Georgetown University is accused of not being ‘Catholic,’ but it may be the best of example of what the church is supposed to be 
Dublin, Ireland -- Taoiseach [Prime Minister] Enda Kenny has told the Dáil [lower house of parliament] while he is a Catholic, he is "not a Catholic Taoiseach."  Because of forthcoming legislation on abortion, Kenny says, “I am now being branded by personnel around the country as being a murderer. I’m going to have on my soul the death of 20 million babies. I’m getting medals, scapulars, plastic fetuses, letters written in blood, telephone calls all over the system and it’s not confined to me.”
An early summer walk: Utah's majestic landscape presents God in God's creation  by John Dear
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Columbus, Ohio -- Catholic schools leader denies reinstatement for fired gym teacher 
Toledo, Ohio -- Hundreds of teenagers at Catholic camp lend hands to local agencies.  It's part of a national program
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.