Copy Desk Daily, Aug. 31, 2020

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Today is the launch of EarthBeat's 'Lens on Creation' series for the Season of Creation 2020. Presented in both English and Spanish, Lens on Creation — Enfocando la Creación explores the planet through the camera and through the faith of photojournalist Paul Jeffrey. You can sign up here to receive his reflections on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from now through Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.

"It is most unfortunate when men of the cloth begin to use the pulpit to advance a nefarious agenda for detractors of our country." That was the response from Zimbabwe's president after the country's Catholic bishops released a pastoral letter decrying human rights abuses and governmental corruption. But the letter has also drawn many voices of support, and the Zimbabwean bishops hope their criticism of government stirs national dialogue on the multilevel crisis the country is facing.

New Orleans and Seton Hill sisters' bond stays strong after 99 years: GSR features a story on the collaboration and friendship between the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans and the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Pennsylvania, that began in 1921 and has endured across distance and racial lines. In the words of one sister: "We are family!"

Susan Vogt is a pro-life Catholic, but don't assume that means you know who's getting her vote this November. Being pro-life is a messy affair during a presidential election, she writes.

Margaret Susan Thompson, an associate of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Michigan, admires how the IHMs have kept their togetherness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Distancing is not isolation: building community in a time of physical separation.

Attending a recent virtual meeting for the U.S. "constellation" of the International Union of Superiors General and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Sr. Joyce Meyer got a sense of how UISG helps create a unifying consciousness that can change the world.

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