Copy Desk Daily, Oct. 16, 2019

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

Amid a growing economic crisis and in the wake of a disputed election, Zimbabwe church leaders call for seven-year political sabbath. The joint statement from the Catholic bishops and four Protestant organizations proposes resetting the country's politics "in a non-competitive political environment."

Columnist Amy Morris-Young looks at the American political climate — and the strain it's putting on personal relationships — and asks: Amid vitriol and polarization, how can we love one another?

GSR has a Q & A with Sr. Teresa Namataka, who describes her work training African sisters to counsel people with HIV/AIDS.

El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz's new pastoral letter on racism, "Night Will Be No More," forthrightly challenges white supremacy, writes columnist Fr. Dan Horan. In that approach, Seitz gets right what US bishops got wrong with their conference's letter on the same topic last fall.

Carolyn Forché brings us back to pre-war El Salvador in new memoir, What You Have Heard Is True. She first traveled to the country as a 27-year-old in 1978, and interviewed St. Óscar Romero just before his assassination in 1980. Dana Greene reviews Forché's "Memoir of Witness and Resistance."

A correction for yesterday's Copy Desk Daily: Margaret Susan Thompson was misidentified as a sister. Instead, she brings her perspective on the future of religious life as an associate with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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