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02/01/2013 10:25 am ET Updated Apr 03, 2013

Friday's Religion Reads

Today's reads:

-- The Obamacare contraception mandate is expected to be lifted (to a degree) for religious organizations that object on religious grounds to providing contraception for employees. A press conference is happening later this morning, but some early details are at CNN.

-- Los Angeles is abuzz over 12,000 files on priests accused of sexual abuse that the archdiocese has released en masse. L.A. Archbishop Jose Gomez announced predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, is being relieved of public duties. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Curry has also resigned from being a regional bishop in Santa Barbara.

-- Heard of the Super Bowl breakfast? It's the big annual prayer event before the game. This year, it takes place on Friday in New Orleans. Christian Post has more information, including a push to get the breakfast on the web.

-- Former New York mayor Ed Koch, who died early this morning at age 88, was part of the NYT's "Last Word" series a few years ago. The video series tapes well-known figures as they reflect on their lives and death (long before they expect to die). See the video here.

-- WashPost OnFaith's take on the Vatican's latest discussion of the church's relationship with young people:

-- From NPR: "Catholic priests in Mexico encourage country to 'forgive' narco killers."

-- The pope's theologian tells Catholic News Service why there shouldn't be women priests (via The Deacon's Bench).