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Copy Desk Daily, July 2, 2020

NCR Today: Our copy editors share the best news and opinion articles of the day with you from NCR, GSR and EarthBeat.

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Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Israel's looming disaster; Oklahomans vote to expand Medicaid; conspiracy theories on the campaign trail; a priest's vicious attack on Black Lives Matter.

We need bishops who will challenge the rich and powerful

Commentary: An Oakland priest spoke with the passion and intemperance of a biblical prophet, and his words call attention to the church hierarchy's alliance with the wealthy and powerful around the world.

Returning churchgoers greeted with new normal of distance and disinfectant

Eric Spacek, risk control manager for Church Mutual Insurance, based in Merrill, Wisconsin, shares best practices for churches that are reopening for in-person Mass in the U.S.

Editorial: Let's be cautious about going back to church

We say: As experts learn more about the novel coronavirus and how it spreads, there is evidence that indoor gatherings of medium- to large-sized groups are more dangerous than most outdoor activities.

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: Gabby and Brother Leo learn some surprising news from Francis.

Off with you, visionary

Pencil Preaching for Thursday, July 2, 2020

Cardinal Zen says he's prepared for arrest under Hong Kong security law

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has said that while he will remain prudent, he is prepared to suffer arrest and trials under Hong Kong's sweeping new national security law.

Former New Orleans deacon, 85, dies awaiting rape trial

A former Roman Catholic deacon awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans has died, his defense attorney said June 30.

French cardinal reveals future plans after 'ordeal' of abuse trial

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who retired from the Archdiocese of Lyon, has left his see to serve as a convent chaplain and envoy for the pope.