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Check out these recent articles from around the web:

The Most Dangerous Places to Be a Mom or Kid by Anna Sutherland: “A combination of armed conflicts, natural disasters, and poverty prevent many mothers and children from receiving the health care they need and cause millions of preventable deaths each year. The State of the World’s Mothers report from Save the Children documents these facts in heartbreaking detail.”

Forgotten Military Caregivers by Anna Sutherland: “To an even greater extent than their civilian counterparts, military caregivers face significant challenges in fulfilling their responsibilities.”

Italy’s young leader captures politics of Pope Francis by John Allen: “The Italian premier took over his center-left Democratic party nine months after Pope Francis took over the Catholic Church, and despite obvious contrasts between the two men in both age and style, Renzi appears to want to position himself as Francis’ political analogue – a younger, hipper version of the maverick reformer, clad in a leather jacket rather than a cassock.”

Girl left in forest in C. African Republic chaos by AP: “Over the past year, conflict between Muslims and Christians has killed thousands of people in the Central African Republic, a nation of about 4.6 million that sits almost precisely at the heart of Africa. As families flee, it is often children who carry the weight of the crisis on their backs.”

Ross Douthat on Family Structure, Pop Culture, and More in Family Studies: “I don’t think our world needs millions of abortions and out-of-wedlock births and broken homes in order to sustain the very real advancements—in female opportunity and professional and political dignity, especially—that we’ve seen since the 1970s.”

Cardinal Kasper is the ‘pope’s theologian’ by David Gibson: “Further proof of Francis’ trust in Kasper came in February when the pope tapped him to deliver a lengthy talk for a meeting of all the world’s cardinals who had gathered to discuss updating the church’s policies on a range of hot-button issues.”

Theologians critique Cardinal Dolan’s defense of capitalism by Thomas Reese: “The cardinal’s column did not sit well with theologians who specialize in Catholic social teaching. They strongly disagree with Dolan’s equating the American economic system with “virtuous capitalism.” Pope Francis was talking about American capitalism, the theologians say.”

Twenty-Five Years After Tiananmen, China’s Repression Is Worse Than Ever by Andrew J. Nathan and Hua Ze: “The Chinese regime argues that the shooting of unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators laid the groundwork for political stability and China’s miraculous economic growth. Yet the continuous intensification of repression since then tells another story.”

New Low in Preference for the Death Penalty by ABC News: “A majority of Americans favor life imprisonment without parole over the death penalty for convicted murderers, a first in ABC News/Washington Post polls.”

Cardinal O’Malley: Pope Francis Knows Immigrants Are the Future of the Church by Christopher Dickey: “As the United States and Europe try to cope with a flood of immigrants, many of them children, Pope Francis and Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley work for an end to ‘globalized indifference.’”

Tales of Torture Go Unheeded in Syria by Aryn Baker: “A cache of some 55,000 digital photos recently leaked by a defected military police photographer that depicts the regime’s use of starvation and extra-judicial killing in detention on a scale not seen since the Holocaust, according to a prominent war-crimes prosecutor who examined the footage.”

Can Pope Francis Manage His Local Opposition? by Massimo Faggioli: “Francis’s first year has been characterized by a carefully coded fight for the ground between the old guard and the new.”

Review: “Lost Classroom, Lost Community” by Michael Sean Winters: “What Brinig and Garnett ask and answer is whether or not a Catholic school has an appreciable effect on the social capital of the neighborhoods they serve, not just the students. And, the answer is yes, they do, and the effect is not only appreciable, it is positive.”