Copy Desk Daily, March 31, 2020

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Pandemic economics create widespread upheaval, opportunities for reform: "It has been pretty catastrophic," Fr. Clete Kiley told NCR. Kiley is director of immigration at UNITE HERE, a union that represents 300,000 workers in airports, food service, gaming, hotels, and transportation; 90% of the union's membership is currently laid off or furloughed. Don Clemmer reports on these widespread hardships, and the hope that this will lead to some societal transformation.

I'm providing health care during COVID-19, by Mary Catherine Redmond: "Everyone I know knows someone who has died or is fighting this illness. Our greatest resource right now is ourselves, and so many people are praying. It is their prayers that get us through each shift."

'Tiger King' reveals symptoms of our own soul sickness: "While all of this real-time chaos swirls around us, 'Tiger King' has remained the No. 1 show in the country since it premiered March 20." Jamie Manson sees something in the viral popularity of "Tiger King," and it's not good. 

Italian cardinal who runs Rome diocese tests positive for coronavirus: Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, who heads daily operations for the Diocese of Rome in the name of the pope, was tested March 30. He is recovering with a fever in a Rome-area hospital. Joshua J. McElwee reports. 

Having the time of my life: Michael Leach loves the 1986 movie "Peggy Sue Got Married," a film "about time. And timelessness." As Leach writes, "Ever since Vickie was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 17 years ago, I've been learning to live in a kind of timelessness."

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