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Pope Francis is inspiring millennials to carry church into the community by Sarah Pulliam Bailey: “But there’s no denying that Francis, with his willingness to talk about doubt and reflect on his love of the tango as a young man, and his openness to taking selfies, is appealing to a wide array of people, especially millennial Catholics. And he’s inspiring a different type of commitment among them. Although they may not be rushing back to Mass, many are carrying the church into the community.”

The Moral Bucket List by David Brooks: “But if you live for external achievement, years pass and the deepest parts of you go unexplored and unstructured. You lack a moral vocabulary. It is easy to slip into a self-satisfied moral mediocrity. You grade yourself on a forgiving curve. You figure as long as you are not obviously hurting anybody and people seem to like you, you must be O.K. But you live with an unconscious boredom, separated from the deepest meaning of life and the highest moral joys. Gradually, a humiliating gap opens between your actual self and your desired self, between you and those incandescent souls you sometimes meet.”

Our Current Abortion Law as a Product of Men by Charles Camosy: “Abortion is already a sacramental right in our culture for many ‘pro-choice’ men precisely because it already serves their economic and social interests.”

Robert Putnam fights America’s ‘opportunity gap’ with religious fervor by Cathy Lynn Grossman: “His goal: to awaken and inspire Americans to “save” young people from a future trapped in a spiral of fractured families, poor schooling, and a grim economic future that Putnam says will cost taxpayers trillions of dollars. Trillions.”

Can Francis break the US climate change stalemate? by John Gehring and Anthony Annett: “A resurgent libertarian ideology is drowning out the voice of authentic conservatism. It has made an idol of free-markets and a virtue of self-centered hooliganism. The bottom line is protecting children from deadly toxins, safeguarding limited natural resources and transitioning to a more sustainable energy policy should all be part of a pro-life, conservative agenda.”

Sen. Paul Enters the Race & the Totalitarian Itch of Libertarianism by Michael Sean Winters: “St. John’s University theologian Meghan Clark explained that libertarianism and Catholic Social Teaching are at odds at the root, with radically different conceptions of humankind’s creation in the image and likeness of God, the universal destination of goods, and the purpose of government.”

New misery in Yarmouk, symbol of Syria’s suffering by Liz Sly: “The Islamic State fighters arrived with their trademark beheadings, decapitating three Palestinian fighters in the first days of the assault. The battles forced the United Nations to halt deliveries of the food on which an estimated 18,000 people besieged by government forces have relied for the past two years. Simultaneously, the government launched the first wave of barrel bombings against the stricken camp, bringing death and destruction on a scale not seen before in this small corner of the war.”

How Pope Francis awakened the faith of a CNN anchor by Carol Costello: “I can’t wait to go church next Sunday. And, yes, I will bow my head and pray for forgiveness, and if I’m worthy, Christ’s love.”

Rand Paul wants the government to do much, much less for the poor by Ezra Klein: “Paul’s budget is a disaster for the poor, for government-funded basic scientific research, for virtually every major government agency….Paul’s budgets offer a level of detail and specificity for which he should be lauded. But they also paint a radically different vision of what the American government should do that will leave many wounded in its wake.”

Latin@ Theology and the Preferential Option for Culture by Carmen Nanko-Fernández: “From the perspective of Latin@ theologians, as it became clear to Ravasi, such theological education looks resistant, subversive, embodied, committed, and embedded in the messiness of life. It is the joy of the gospel in action, a fiesta amid struggle, a promising dialogue in the spirit of the Courtyard of the Gentiles.”

Photos: Easter around the world by Christina Reinwald