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Copy Desk Daily, April 9, 2020

NCR Today: The Copy Desk Daily highlights recommended news and opinion articles that have crossed our copy editors' desks today. Enjoy!

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: Easter is not so far away.

Grace will conquer hopelessness

Young Voices: This Lent, we are stripping away so much. We are left with the presence of God in our solidarity, the coming of spring, phone calls, video chats, emails, and the care and concern we show to one another.

In a pandemic, when every day feels like Good Friday

Theology en la Plaza: How do we shift to an understanding of isolation as "an active, communal undertaking," as opposed to a "suffering passively endured by a solitary individual"?

Editorial: Catholics and Trump, a reckoning

Catholics who bought the single-issue strategy find themselves stuck in what once was a fun house now turned house of horrors, incongruously lashed to Trump, while the daily reality is a grim report of the spiraling number of sick and dying.

The Last Supper and Thanksgiving

Lenten Daily Food Reflection: Pray in thanksgiving before AND after meals today. Reading time: 1 minute.

Video: Facebook Live with Dan Schutte

Watch: NCR national correspondent Heidi Schlumpf interviews composer Dan Schutte about his series The Easter Triduum, a digital liturgical celebration of the Triduum for this exceptional year.

Foot washing

Pencil Preaching for Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020

Advocates urge federal authorities to release detained immigrants amid coronavirus spread

Catholic immigration activists in New Jersey held a driving protest in front of state immigration detention centers in Newark April 1, demanding the immediate release of immigrant detainees after confirmed cases of COVID-19 outbreak within the facilities.

USCCB Administrative Committee cancels U.S. bishops' June assembly

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has canceled the U.S. bishops' spring general assembly that was planned for June 10-12 in Detroit.