Copy Desk Daily, Sept. 5, 2019

Our team of copy editors reads and posts most of what you see on the websites for National Catholic Reporter and Global Sisters Report (the NCR project focusing on women religious). The Copy Desk Daily highlights recommended news and opinion articles that have crossed our desks on their way to you.

Water projects, respect for women create sustainability in India’s tribal villages. In the northwestern state of Rajasthan, Holy Spirit Sisters have changed lives, checking migration to the cities and working to end practices that subjugate women, such as child marriage.

Afterschool teaching helped students soar in the Kalima area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sr. Espérance Kanyere recounts a transformation.

Templeton’s new grant program seeks to connect art, spirituality. Through the Art Seeking Understanding initiative, the Templeton Religion Trust is looking to give some $2 million over the next five years to project that take on the question, “Can art unlock new spiritual information?”

Tracey Horan recently moved to the US-Mexico border, where there’s danger of growing accustomed to injustice, abuse of power, and lack of compassion. It can be a necessary coping mechanism for people who live there, but she fears what we are treating as normal.

ICYMI: From the papal plane yesterday, Joshua McElwee reports that Pope Francis, speaking to a French journalist, called US Catholic criticism of his papacy an ‘honor.’ Follow NCR’s coverage of the pope’s trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius this week at Francis in Africa 2019.

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