Copy Desk Daily, July 21, 2020

Recommended for you today, from the NCR/GSR/EarthBeat copy desk:

EarthBeat continues its interview series today with a conversation with Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington. She's an environmental health scientist and engineer, environmental historian and author of Packing Them In: An Archeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago, 1865-1954. She's also a fierce advocate for environmental justice who sees climate change as inextricably linked to the sanctity of life, a view motivated both by her Catholic faith and her own life experiences. Watch and read here.

Did you know that the Little Sisters of the Poor were not even an original party in the lawsuit about religious liberty and providing contraceptive coverage in employer-sponsored health care insurance plans? Columnist Jamie Manson says they are an avatar for the wealthy and powerful Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a well-oiled legal organization. Read more.

Oh, doesn't Kylemore Abbey look like a lovely place to visit? The Benedictine sisters' monastery is just starting to open up again as the coronavirus is on the wane — in Europe. Read GSR's Q & A with Abbess Máire Hickey, talking the impact of COVID-19 on the Benedictines' centennial coming this December.

Middle Tennessee's immigrant and refugee communities have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 virus. In response, parishes and Catholic Charities of Tennessee have been trying to provide the spiritual and material support they need to persevere through the pandemic. Read more.

Lalita Roshni Lakra is a Daughter of St. Anne from the Simdega district of Jharkhand, North India. Read what she has to share about lockdown in that country during the pandemic.

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