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This is no way to ease inequality by EJ Dionne: “I’d respect these folks a lot more if they said what they clearly believe: They think more inequality would be good for us. It almost makes you nostalgic for the candor of the Mitt Romney who spoke about the “47 percent” and the Paul Ryan who once divided us between “makers” and “takers.” Honesty beats saccharine words about the struggles of working people any day.”

Once-aspirational Philadelphia suburbs struggle with poverty by Vinnie Rotondaro: “In far too many little-box governments, he said, especially the wealthier ones, ‘there exists a kind of unspoken mission to keep our town, our schools just the way they are for people just like us, whoever ‘us’ happens to be.’ The resulting inability to plan and think and live together has a human toll, the suburban Philly community leaders say.”

Millennials Don’t Judge…Except When they Do by Charles Camosy: “If you ask better questions of Millennials on abortion, you get more revealing answers. For instance, let’s take the 20 week ban. According to the National Journal, 44% of those 50 and older supported such a ban, compared with 52% of those ages 18-29.”

The next epidemic by Michael Gerson: “The next time a politician sneers at ‘foreign aid’ substitute the words “disease surveillance” and see if his or her statement still makes sense. Many developing countries lack even the minimal capability to identify outbreaks before they become epidemics. Filling those gaps is one of the goals of President Obama’s essential Global Health Security Agenda, designed to strengthen surveillance capacity in 30 countries containing 4 billion people.”

The Angelus at Work by Nathan Schneider: “In my work life now—a paragon of telecommuting flexibility from wherever and whenever—the Angelus has become a precious fixture. I mostly forget to say it, of course. But when I don’t, it bounds the beginning and end of the workday, sanctifying each, and abruptly, insistently interrupting in the middle, as if something other than the work before me matters.”

Making the Most of the Year of Mercy by Mary Ann Walsh: “Pope Francis has made mercy a key theme of his pontificate and has spoken of an “age of mercy.” People listen to him. There is a huge need for mercy in today’s society where hurt abounds in many areas. People seem open to mercy, which emphasizes forgiveness over judgment, as never before. We need this.”

Running on Plenty by Kerry Weber: “The events of our own journeys in faith are anything but predictable, but the paschal mystery helps remind us to keep moving forward in faith. There are better days ahead.”

How to Fight anti-Semitism by David Brooks: “European governments can demonstrate solidarity with their Jewish citizens by providing security, cracking down — broken-windows style — on even the smallest assaults. Meanwhile, brave and decent people can take a page from Gandhi and stage campaigns of confrontational nonviolence: marches, sit-ins and protests in the very neighborhoods where anti-Semitism breeds. Expose the evil of the perpetrators. Disturb the consciences of the good people in these communities who tolerate them.”