This has been a historic day with the canonization of two popes, one of whom the vast majority of NCR readers knew in our lifetimes, St. John Paul II, and one of whom at least some of our readers knew and all admired, St. John XXIII. I have a special devotion to St. John XXIII because National Catholic Reporter was founded during the Second Vatican Council, which John called, and the paper found its voice in lay Catholics who were inspired and empowered by the council.
Since being appointed NCR editor two and a half years ago, I have come to recognize that I stand on the shoulders of giants. It's a cliché but true nonetheless. They were journalists and Catholics who had a vision of how journalism could serve the church. It's a vision we share today.
If you believe that NCR has been of service to you and your church community, I ask you to please take the time now to show your appreciation by making a donation to our fifth annual webathon.
Don't delay, because if you act right now, you can double your donation. Fr. Peter Phan, a theologian and longtime friend of NCR, has generously pledged to match donations made to the webathon this Sunday afternoon up to $500. Your $25 pledge can become $50 if you act now.
Peter, thanks for your support. I hope it inspires others to help.
Fifty-one weeks out of the year, you have unrestricted access to the NCR website and all the news, analysis and commentary that you have come to depend on. We only make these pleas for donations one week a year. That is why it is critical that you act now with a generous donation.
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