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Palm Sunday and Palm Oil

Lenten Daily Food Reflection: We pray for all of the people, animals, and ecosystems affected by conventional palm oil plantations. Reading time: 50 seconds.

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: 'Hosanna!'

Scripture for Life: Today may be the most overwhelming day of the overwhelming holy week to come. Palm Sunday takes us step by step through Jesus' last days and then leaves us holding emptiness, seeing only death.

EarthBeat Weekly: The challenge of online activism

Staff writer Jesse Remedios considers the obstacles the climate movement will face as it shifts online. 

Retired Delaware priest dies from COVID-19, underlying illnesses

Father Hilary Rodgers loved being around people, loved taking part in the liturgy and was honored to be a priest.

Trump campaign kicks off Catholic voter outreach project

President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is ramping up its courtship of Catholic voters ahead of a likely November matchup against a devout Catholic Democrat, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Pope's favorability ratings move up from their 2018 low

Pope Francis' favorability ratings among Americans of virtually all stripes are up from their low in 2018, according to a report released April 3 by the Pew Research Center.

USCCB president calls for national moment of prayer on Good Friday

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has invited U.S. Catholics to join him on Good Friday, April 10, to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart at noon (EDT).

Video: Reporting from Lockdown

Watch: NCR correspondents Heidi Schlumpf and Joshua J. McElwee explain how the coronavirus pandemic has changed their lives, their reporting and the Catholic Church.

State of the sacraments clarified in Chicago

The Chicago Archdiocese made clear that its guidelines did not pertain to emergency baptism: They did not supersede church law that permits any person to conduct the rite "in cases of urgent necessity, when only those things required for the validity of the sacrament must be observed."