We are in the final hours of NCR’s 5th annual webathon. Thanks very much to all who have given. Soon we’ll be tallying the last of our online pledges. A couple thousand dollars more will put us firmly past our $100,000 goal for the week. To help with that, NCR supporter Rachel Lustig has pledged to match the next $500 that come into the webathon. One last small surge of giving from you our most loyal readers would put us over the $100,000 goal. Please donate now. 
I don’t have much else to tell you. You obviously value NCR or you wouldn’t be visiting here. You know that the kind of reporting that we do -- on the ground, among the people reporting – is expensive and you know you can’t find that kind of Catholic journalism in too many other outlets. Brian Roewe was in Bridgeport, Conn., last week. Joshua McElwee was in Rome this week. This week we covered stories with datelines from Bend, Ore. to Washington, D.C. If you value that reporting, please donate now. 
Maybe you like our commentary, or at least parts of our commentary, because we have a fairly wide representation: Michael Sean Winters, Colman McCarthy, Sr. Joan Chittister, Jamie Manson, Phyllis Zagano, Fr. Peter Daly, Eugene Cullen Kennedy, Melissa Musick Nussbaum, Fr. Tom Reese, April Gutierrez, Sr. Camille D'Arienzo. Any single one of these writers would be worth a $50 donation. We give all to you for the same price. If you value that, please donate now .
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I will leave you with some words from NCR editor at large Tom Roberts: