Julie Bourbon is a contributing writer for NCR. Based in Washington, D.C., she has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years, working for National Jesuit News, The Washington Post, and The Times-Picayune, covering religion, social justice, higher education, and more. 
Bourbon is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and holds a masters in pastoral studies from the Loyola Institute for Ministry and a masters in urban studies from the University of New Orleans. She currently runs her own business, Bourbon Communications, and is also a certified yoga instructor. 
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Panel takes stock of 'ennobling' leadership of Pope Francis

In a conversation framed around the book A Pope Francis Lexicon, Catholic commentators gathered to discuss his pontificate on the fifth anniversary of his election.

Sen. Durbin talks Dreamers, guns at Georgetown

Lead author of DACA legislation offers hope to the Dreamers and criticism for Speaker Paul Ryan

Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers draws hundreds of supporters

Washington - The Feb. 27 Catholic Day of Action for Dreamers began with prayer and ended with 42 arrests for civil disobedience inside a Senate office building across the street.

Q & A with Sr. Donna Markham on what the good Samaritan means to Catholic Charities USA

Global Sisters Report: It's been nearly three years since Dominican Sr. Donna Markham took over as CEO and president of Catholic Charities USA. She said: "The only case that we make is on behalf of the Gospel and our obligation as a community of faith to tend to the least among us."