Copy Desk Daily, Aug. 28, 2020

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

Omaha parish an inclusive, healing rock for neighborhood: "It's not just one thing — the choir, the pastor — everything together is what brings us all together. We are inclusive. There are people with challenges, divorced, single, those who feel outcast. They are welcome here." A parishioner spoke to NCR about Sacred Heart Church in North Omaha. As neighborhood demographics changed in the North Omaha area over the years, Sacred Heart has evolved into a community that serves more universal needs, and emphasizes inclusion and area outreach.

47 names of clergy abuse victims part of accidental email leak: The Philadelphia Archdiocese's Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy has had more than 600 claimants come forward since it it was initiated in 2018. One participant alleges that the confidentiality of nearly 50 other victims was compromised when the individual received an email mistakenly sent from the program administrator, an email that listed 47 claimants by name. National correspondent Christopher White reports.

At EarthBeat, staff writer Brian Roewe fields this week's Burning Question — What is the Season of Creation? — with background on "a church season that's becoming more prominent for more Christians each year."

First, lasts and heeding the coronavirus realities: Emerging from Italy's nine-week-long Coronavirus lockdown in May, Vatican correspondent and international news editor Joshua J. McElwee and his wife marked the "firsts," such as his first time back at the Vatican press office. Now he wonders, "What will be our 'lasts' before the next lockdown?"

NCR readers respond with Your thoughts on the Vatican instruction for parishes.

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