Copy Desk Daily, July 16, 2019

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The rise of EWTN: from piety to partisanshipHeidi Schlumpf begins an extensive report on EWTN's growth into an influential media empire, and how the network became "the media star in a web of connections including wealthy conservative Catholic donors and some of the most public anti-Pope Francis forces in the Catholic world."

Across US, 'Lights for Liberty' shine in solidarity with immigrants On July 12, in cities throughout the country, pro-immigrant demonstrators held coordinated protests. Amid prayers from faith leaders and statements on protesters' signs, a common denominator: defiant compassion.

As U.S.-Iran tensions escalate, is any room left for negotiations? "Trump became president promising no more 'stupid wars' in the Middle East. Ironically, he could stumble into a new one, aided and abetted by his bellicose foreign policy team." An analysis by Margot Patterson. 

Fr. Peter Daly makes things clear: "Celibacy harms the church and damages the lives of most priests." Further, "If the priesthood is to be reformed, it first must survive": The priesthood is being crucified on the cross of celibacy.

Q & A with Sr. Marcia Hall, producing a film encouraging African American vocations: The Oblate Sisters of Providence's vocations director saw the need for a video that portrayed the experiences of young black religious. 

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