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Why ‘left v. right’ is a category mistake for the Church in Africa by John Allen: “Ask African Catholics for their views on the idées fixes of Western conversation – female priests, gay rights, birth control, Communion for the divorced and remarried, and so on – and you’ll elicit a range of opinion. Ask those same Catholics to identify their own priorities, however, and these are rarely the matters they raise. Their horizons instead are formed by the matters of greatest immediate import for their people, which tend to be poverty and the way poverty is reinforced by poor governance and corruption.”

Cellphones for Women in Developing Nations Aid Ascent From Poverty by Melinda Gates: “A decade from now, economies in developing countries will be increasingly dependent on digital financial services. Will we limit growth for everyone by leaving the world’s poorest women trapped in a shrinking cash economy? Or will we invest in our future by empowering these women to invest in theirs?”

Is Gender Equality Behind Global Pro-Family Revival? by Sidney Callahan: “Human beings are equal children of God made in God’s image and saved by Christ. This revolutionary Christian good news of equality turned the ancient world upside down. Male and female, Jew and Greek, slave and free were united in Christ. Women and slaves flocked to the early Church’s saving and liberating unity.”

Seven Last Words: “Father, forgive them. . .” by Katie Muller: “I held a grudge against my sister because I wanted to control the ways in which she demonstrated her generosity; turning to God reminds me that I am not in control and that, as the recipient of boundless generosity, I should be seeking opportunities to share generosity rather than to receive generosity.”

Sudan, the Obama Administration, and the Costs of Rapprochement by Eric Reeves: “Whether we consider the indiscriminate aerial attacks on civilians targets, the deliberate bombing of hospitals, the imposing of aid embargoes on highly distressed populations, the sanctioned use of rape as a weapon of war, or attempts to destroy the livelihoods of the non-Arab/African tribal groups in Darfur, the Nuba, and Blue Nile, we are obliged to acknowledge that these are not simply human rights abuses but war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

Sprouted in Our Hearts Here and Grown for the Future There by Beth Ann Saracco: “My experience in East Africa reaffirmed my strong belief in the merits of programs like Feed the Future and the importance of ensuring Congress passes a law this year to authorize and make this a permanent program. But, it also did something else even more profound. Through my conversations with farmers and personal reflection and prayer, I found myself drawn even closer to our loving God and God’s people.”

Al-Shabab attacks Kenya university, killing at least 147 by Jessica Hatcher and Kevin Sieff: “Masked al-Shabab militants stormed dormitories at a university in northeastern Kenya early Thursday, killing at least 147 people in the worst terror attack on Kenyan soil in nearly two decades, officials said.”

Vulnerable, Yet Strong by Kimberly Baker: “A culture of life does not pressure people to live up to an artificial standard of health or physical perfection in order to feel a sense of self-worth and purpose. Rather, each person is regarded as special and unique, as a gift to the community in a profound way, no matter their state of health and mental or physical abilities. A society that reaches out to and accompanies its weaker members in their suffering and vulnerability is a truly strong and courageous one. Our acceptance of our vulnerability, individually and as a society, is the measure of our humanity.”