Peter Feuerherd is NCR news editor. Feuerherd is a veteran of the Catholic and religious press, having written for Commonweal, St. Anthony Messenger, and diocesan newspapers in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Albany, Long Island and New York City. He is the winner of numerous Catholic Press Association and religious press awards and is the author of "Holy Land USA: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape" (Crossroad). Feuerherd writes from Queens, NY, where he is also an adjunct professor of journalism at St. John's University. He is a regular on the basketball courts of the borough. 

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Returning churchgoers greeted with new normal of distance and disinfectant

Eric Spacek, risk control manager for Church Mutual Insurance, based in Merrill, Wisconsin, shares best practices for churches that are reopening for in-person Mass in the U.S.

Long Island parishioners prepare return from pandemic exile

St. Bernard's staff members say that the parish lost about two dozen parishioners to COVID-19, and now that restrictions are easing, like in 17,000 other U.S. parishes, they wonder whether people will return to Mass and sacraments in person.

How a police chief helped Camden disband its force and bring crime down

As he's sought out to discuss Camden's policing turnaround, former Chief Scott Thomson cautions that the city's story is not a miracle, but the result of a conscious strategy to make the police more visible while enlisting the embattled citizenry's support.

Oakland priest calls bishop a 'liar' and a 'racist'

Fr. Aidan McAleenan, a priest of the Oakland, California, Diocese, has called Bishop Michael Barber a liar and a racist, making his remarks via a Facebook video that has since been removed.