At the start of the new year, we've crunched the numbers to bring you this list of the top 10 NCR stories and columns ranked by the total amount of time readers have spent looking at them.
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Readers pored over stories that reflect the big themes of the year: money and politics, the influence of the Catholic far right and gay rights and discrimination in the Catholic Church. In total, the top 10 news stories held readers' attention for more than seven years.
Reflections on Pope Francis and President Donald Trump kept readers scrolling down the page last year. Visitors to NCRonline.org spent almost the entire year reading Joan Chittister's top political commentaries — a total of 353 days. Fr. Gregory Greiten wrote the year's breakaway opinion piece, in which he comes out as a celibate gay man. Readers spent 65 weeks reading his perspective.
[Brittany Wilmes is engagement editor for NCR. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.]
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