Copy Desk Daily, Dec. 20, 2019

Our team of copy editors reads and posts most of what you see on the websites for National Catholic Reporter, Global Sisters Report and EarthBeat. The Copy Desk Daily highlights recommended news and opinion articles that have crossed our desks on their way to you.

Breaking News: Francis declines to answer Amazon synod's requests for married priests, women ministers. Read more

It's that time again! Who's the Catholic who had the headline-grabbing impact to be named NCR's 2019 newsmaker of the year? And once you've read that, check out news editor Peter Feuerherd's inside scoop on NCR's choice, including some runners-up.

In the Newark Archdiocese, Cardinal Joseph Tobin appoints pastor to NJ parish that's been without one since August 2018, when the priest formerly there took a leave after an allegation of sexual assault on another priest.

Last week, Don Clemmer wrote about the Chicago Archdiocese's revised funeral guidelines, and readers have responded with their own thoughts on eulogies at funerals.

It's not always easy, Sr. Julia Walsh acknowledges, but she prays: This Advent, may we make room.

Have you been following EarthBeat's Advent Meditation with Laudato Si'? Under that link now are three weeks of insights so far. Then on Sunday, Dec. 22, look for the conclusion of this journey with Pope Francis' Laudato Si', as writer Arthur Jones takes us through the end of Advent and into Christmas.

Finally, a note: Staffing gets a little thin over the holidays at NCR as we go off to celebrate with family and friends. You'll still see new content on NCRonline, Global Sisters Report and EarthBeat, but to ease the workload, the Copy Desk Daily is taking a break from now until the end of the year. Look for the next edition on Jan. 2, 2020. Until then, have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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