Austria's Catholic church is trying a new strategy to attract the faithful: advertising its churches as places to cool off in a record heat wave. 
Can Ireland Make Catholicism Cool?  As the church sees its flock dwindle in the historically devout nation, leaders and laity attempt to revamp its mission.
Chicago -- Catholic funding loss hits bike repair program for poor kids 
EDITORIAL: When God and Caesar collide: Secular restrictions hobble the charity of faith 
Anchorage, Alaska -- Catholic Charities officials who operate a large shelter for Anchorage homeless people say it may have to close after the loss of federal funding administered by the city. 
St. Paul-Minneapolis -- Few Say Religion Shapes Immigration, Environment Views 
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.