I am hoping that you will accept this morning’s challenge grant from Jill Marie Gerschutz-Bell to help put us over our $100,000 goal. Jill has pledged to match the first $500 that comes in this morning. Thanks Jill and thanks to all who take advantage of this opportunity. Please donate now .
We’re still short of our goal. We need a very strong showing today to meet that target. No donation is too small; every donation helps us.
The simple fact is that you have come to this website because you are searching for something, some news or analysis. Maybe be you are looking for a bit of inspiration. On weekends we post scripture reflections from Fr. Roger Karban  or Patricia Datchuck Sánchez . The Soul Seeing  columns written by Mike Leach and his stable of writers have proven popular in print and on the web.
What ever reason you come here, you are finding it worthwhile. We’re asking you to please help pay for what you are reading and seeing here. Please help us today.  If you have already given, please send this appeal to your family, your friends, other people you know in the church you attend. Send the appeal to your prayer group, your discussion group.
In my last message to you, I said that we need a "loaves and fishes" moment to finish this webathon on target. We need everyone to contribute. The goal is in sight, but we have to rally support to today to make.
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Multiple times over the last three weeks numerous people have observed and I have agreed that this is a very exciting time to be in Catholic journalism. That is so true. There is an excitement in church circles that I have not seen inyears. What Pope Francis does or doesn’t do is closely watched. But what he does is being emulated at national, local, even parish levels.
NCR won’t just be following the story from the Vatican level. We will have our reporters in the pews of parishes, sitting with the women religious, attending conferences with theologians, out in the fields with laborers for justice. That is the kind of reporting we do and the reason you come to our website.
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Pope Francis has famously said: If the church stays in the sanctuary, the air gets stale and stifling. The church needs the fresh air of the streets. That’s where the NCR will be reporting from, if you can help us today. Please donate now .