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Can savage capitalism be humanized? Taking up the challenge of Pope Francis by Michael Stafford, ABC Religion and Ethics: “If we do not make the moral and ethical case against savage capitalism, no one will. If we do not put forward an alternative vision of an ethical economy that meets the legitimate desires and aspirations of human beings, and a politics that is representative of and responsive to our interests, no one will. If we do not remind everyone that government exists to further the common good, then it will be forgotten, or ignored. Pope Francis’s critique of savage capitalism and the dictatorship of money have created an opening for us. It is an opportunity that must be seized.”

Pope Francis and Economic Inequality: Five Essential Quotes by Bishop Robert McElroy: “Too much money is in the hands of too few, while the vast majority struggle to get by. This is a direct result of ideologies that put the free market before everything else, including the duty of the government to ensure that people’s basic needs are met. The Holy Father says that money must serve, not rule.”

The Culture of Death in Oklahoma by Michael Sean Winters, NCR: “All violence is rooted in indifference, and all violence can only be overcome, finally, by encounter.”

Crushed by the Cost of Child Care By Alissa Quart, NY Times: “The difficulty of obtaining good, affordable day care is well known as a problem afflicting the working poor. But increasingly, middle- and upper-middle-class parents are finding that day care is hard to find or access and that even when it is available it is startlingly costly.”

Homeboy Industries’ business model: A way out of gang life by Cindy Rodriguez and Jaqueline Hurtado, CNN: “There are few people who can say their job saved them, but former gang member Rafael Jimenez says he’s one of them…The 44-year-old works as a baker at Homeboy Bakery, part of Homeboy Industries in East Los Angeles, the largest gang rehabilitation program in the country. The program was founded in 1992 by Father Greg Boyle, who has counseled and mentored thousands of gang members.”

Samantha Power on the Duty to Intervene by Jeffrey Goldberg: “…the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria must be driving Power mad with frustration — frustration, of course, with Bashar al-Assad’s killer regime and frustration with the international community (so-called), in particular the Russians, who will do almost anything to protect the regime from censure, but also frustration with those in the administration who have spent the past two years looking for ways to distance the U.S. from the horror.”

Pope Francis’ guide to avoiding a ‘throwaway culture’ by Mary DeTurris Poust: “Since the start of his papacy, Pope Francis has focused on the many different facets of this throwaway perspective, challenging Catholics and the larger world to shun the pop-culture quest for more, more, more in favor of solidarity — with creation, with our poorer brothers and sisters, with the weak, the elderly and the most vulnerable.”

Pope Francis: neither a liberal nor a conservative, but a radical Christian with a heroic gospel by Tim Stanley: “But not only do I see a correlation between Bloy’s theology and Francis’ but I see in both the key to renewal of the Church’s mission. Benedict was always asking us to turn to Christ, whereas Bloy and Francis are asking us to imitate him.”

Pope Francis & Encounter by Michael Sean Winters, NCR: “An emerging, dominant theme of this pontificate is the word “encounter.” Pope Francis uses it repeatedly, urging Catholics to go out to the peripheries, especially to the poor and the marginalized, and encounter other persons. Among other things, this emphasis on encounter shows the new pope’s deep indebtedness to Don Luigi Giussani, the founder of Communione e Liberazione. Encounter is a central theme of his writings and a central charism of the movement he started.”