Pope Francis leaves for Brazil visit carrying his own bag 
Pope Francis, who heads to Brazil today for World Youth Day, has won the hearts of millions of Roman Catholics. That may come in handy as he seeks to reform the Vatican. Pope Francis the Unconventional 
Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Singing priests revive Catholic church in Brazil 
Newark, N.J. -- Priest who allowed accused molester to live in parish says he may have made a mistake . Fr. Thomas Iwanowski of St. Joseph Church in Oradell is being removed from St. Joseph by the archdiocese of Newark as of July 31 in the wake of a scandal
New Haven, Conn. -- A Roman Catholic priest already under investigation over a complaint of alleged child sexual abuse has been arrested on federal firearms charges. 
American believers are often pictured as redneck conservatives who support Republican causes. FALSE. Religious caricatures undermined by data,  by Fr. Tom Reese.
The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dr. Diarmuid Martin has hit out at the church’s lack of concern for children abused by priests. He was responding to a just-published report which was severely critical of three previous archbishops of Dublin. 
Documentary "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God," the Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) directed film about abuses of power in the Catholic church acquired by international distributors. 
Awka, Nigeria -- Catholic funeral rites conflict with local ritual. Priest reports threats over the controversy.
Philippines: Bishops urge Aquino to make growth more inclusive 
Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell calls for justice for immigrants 
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.