Francis' tour of Brazil begins: For pope in Brazil, how much frenzy is too much?  Security a worry; explosive found near site pope plans to visit. Read all of NCR's World Youth Day 2013  coverage.
Schüller's Catholic Tipping Point tour continues: Now is not the time for Third Vatican Council 
Vatican bank's gay 'scandal'  -- The story illustrates how the Vatican’s failure to deal with homosexuality in a healthy manner can allow for all sorts of not only personal, but institutional problems.
Great Britain: Sikh temples have been advised to halt all civil marriage ceremonies on their premises to protect them from possible legal challenges for refusing to conduct same-sex weddings. 
Agana, Guam -- Pastor followed archdiocese order to fire employee a convicted sex offender, but allows the man to continue to volunteer at parish.  Archdiocese fires pastor.
Washington, D.C. -- Obama urges former campaign volunteers to help him pass agenda 
St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson knew a priest was a danger to children before that priest was charged last year with molesting a teenage girl , according to a lawsuit filed July 17.
Myanmar's government is releasing another 73 political prisoners and more could be freed in coming months to honor a commitment made by the president during a recent trip to Europe.
Commentary: Florida's 'stand your ground' law inhumane, un-Christian and racist  by Mario T. García
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.