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.

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Worry, hope arise over guidelines for LGBT students, families

Officials from the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, face criticism as they try to balance a papal call to welcome those in "irregular" family situations with upholding church teachings.

Petition seeks to place ex-priest in secured treatment facility

Two organizations are co-sponsoring an online petition urging that Paul Shanley be placed in a secure facility where he can receive treatment and where he will have no access to children.

St. Louis U professor sends would-be doctors to jail

Formed by his years providing health care at the St. Louis County Jail, Dr. Fred Rottnek now passes on to medical students a sense of mission for the marginalized.