Copy Desk Daily, March 20, 2019

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Marquette's Center for Peacemaking joins forces to revitalize its inner-city neighborhood: The Jesuit university seeks to "live side-by-side" with its neighbors in Milwaukee's Near West Side and partners with local businesses and nonprofits to develop the area without driving out its residents through gentrification. Heidi Schlumpf reports on their efforts, in addition to a look at the academics of how the Center for Peacemaking coordinates peace studies, research.

Recent world news has caught us between the shocking violence of the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand and the greed of the college admissions scandal. Amid these different sorts of ugliness of humankind, NCR columnist Michael Sean Winters ultimately sees a bright spot in Nationalism, corruption and finding a better way in the news cycle.

New perspectives offered on nuances of St. Paul enliven a biography of the apostle. Fr. Brian Boosel, a Benedictine and a historian, reviews the book by retired Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright.

Our Daily Lenten Reflections continue as Jim Johnston takes us through our Lenten journey with Jesus. Journeys are a time-honored motif of human stories, and this season invites us to imaginatively enter the story of Jesus, our "questing hero."

ICYMI: Catholic groups decry Trump's proposed cuts to foreign aid. Bill O'Keefe of Catholic Relief Services recently testified before a House subcommittee on the perils of putting U.S. foreign aid on the chopping block. Other Catholic voices are also speaking out against this element of Donald Trump's budget.

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