Maria Benevento began work at NCR in 2017 as a Bertelsen editorial intern. She is a native of Kirksville, Missouri, and a 2015 graduate of Creighton University, where she majored in theology and American studies and minored in justice and peace studies and Spanish. Prior to joining NCR she spent two years as a full-time staff person at the Oakland Catholic Worker, a transitional shelter for Latin American immigrants and asylum seekers.

Show full bio ↓

'The Visiting Room' creates connections for formerly incarcerated women

"The Visiting Room," a play written and performed by women who were in prison, is designed to break down barriers — starting with the "fourth wall" that separates performers from audience.

Honduran bishops issue scathing critique of their country's government

A June 6 message from the bishops' conference warns that if systemic problems are not addressed, "the consequences could plunge Honduras into a very difficult crisis to overcome."

At colloquium, Hispanic scholars engage theology's real-world implications

With a conference format that fosters conversation and community, the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians, or ACHTUS, "models a different kind of way of being an academic."

California interfaith movement bolsters support for migrants

Currently focusing on the often-overlapping issues of immigrant justice and mass incarceration, the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity provides many options for California congregations of all faith traditions to "do something."