Copy Desk Daily, Oct. 21, 2019

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South Africa has seen a rise in xenophobic attacks (as NCR reported last week), and for women immigrants, that has been coupled with the threat of sexual violence. Today, Global Sisters Report covers how South African sisters are addressing violence against migrant women.

Continuing his series on clericalism and needed church reforms, Fr. Peter Daly writes that the case of Bishop Michael Bransfield is extreme, but most US bishops have no meaningful spending controls. But when it comes to finances, the laity can have real impact.

Sr. Margaret Gonsalves testifies to the power of anointing touch — and recalls the Holy Thursday Mass when she got to preach about it.

You have to go a few centuries back to find a true historical analogue for President Donald Trump's shameful treachery against US allies, says Michael Sean Winters.

ICYMI: Columnist Jamie Manson attended a symposium at Fordham that looked at the church's future in the face of declining numbers. As US 'nones' increase, we must start asking different questions, beyond the standard "How do we get them back?"

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