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Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Pope Francis’ Address to the Curia by Michael Sean Winters: “The radicalness of Pope Francis’ vision is the claim that the real work of the Church is done in the world, ministering to those who are bruised and hurting, and challenging those who have lost the sense that they, too, rely ultimately on the mercy of God. It is the radicalness of the Gospel, the radicalness of Jesus reaching out to the woman at the well and upbraiding the teachers of the Law.”

Young Catholics evangelize, one candle at a time by Michael O’Loughlin: “Most people don’t plan to spend part of their Saturday night in church. But a group of Chicago Catholics hopes to change that, one candle at a time.”

The Legacy of the Libertarian Sexual Ethic by David Lapp: “But sliding into sex often translates into sliding into a relationship—and children—without first building trust and discerning for character and compatibility. And that slide often contributes to the erosion of trust in the opposite sex and in lifelong love. We must confront that reality if we’re serious about empowering working young adults to achieve trusting relationships.”

Family and The Vanishing Neighbor by Anne Snyder: “Dunkelman’s core argument is this: America’s social architecture has undergone a subtle but pervasive hollowing out over the last few decades. Adults today value different kinds of connections than did their grandparents: our time and attention tend to go toward a few intimate relations and then a spray of casual acquaintances, what Dunkelman calls the inner and outer rings. What we’ve abandoned are the relationships in between—the ‘middle-ring’ ties characterized by familiarity but not intimacy, friendliness but not extreme closeness.”

U.N. Set to Cut Force in Darfur as Fighting Rises by NY Times: “Under intense pressure from the government of Sudan, the United Nations is planning to shrink its floundering peacekeeping force in Darfur, even though renewed fighting there has chased more people from their homes this year than during any other in the past decade.”

Christmas joy without piety by EJ Dionne: “If you put aside television ads for BMWs and the like, it’s the most humble holy day and the one closest to where people live. It’s astonishing to have a religious celebration of God as a helpless child. The idea of God being self-effacing enough to enter such a state is revolutionary.”

The peacemakers of 2014 by Nicholas Burns: “When the world gives us violence and murder, we can still draw inspiration from these people and millions like them who, as Tennyson wrote, ‘seek a newer world’ and a future of peace.”