Copy Desk Daily, Jan. 15, 2020

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Did you get a free book about saints at your parish this Christmas? Find out where it came from as NCR national correspondent Heidi Schlumpf takes another deep dive into a phenomenon of U.S. Catholicism with the first of three parts: Matthew Kelly finds success, influence as Catholic author and speaker. The series examines the 46-year-old entrepreneur's nonprofit Dynamic Catholic Institute, along with his for-profit enterprises.

Since Sunday, Vatican correspondent Joshua McElwee has been keeping tabs on the twists and turns of a book that was or maybe wasn't co-authored by retired Pope Benedict XVI. Joshua's update yesterday was that Benedict removes name from book on celibacy after dispute over his involvement. Meanwhile, two commentaries examine the controversy through the lens of ecclesiology and the pitfalls of having two popes:

If you're concerned about "geofencing" targeting you at church, editor Tom Roberts has some suggestions for raising awareness. He also takes a Boston College conference to task for shutting out the press. In both cases, use of wide-open location data, closed-door meetings hurt Catholics.

Amazing stories come out of Vi Nhan School for special needs children in Vietnam. That's what Sr. Anna Le Bach Tuyet discovered when she got to visit the school run by the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres in Buon Ma Thuot City.

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