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Forming Faithful Citizens: Looking to 2016 by John Carr: “First, while the basic moral framework and outline of key issues have been consistent, the statement needs updating to reflect Pope Francis’ principles and priorities. His leadership does not alter church teaching, but offers new urgency and emphasis….His powerful metaphor of a ‘throwaway culture’ offers new context for challenging Americans to defend the lives and dignity of all and care for God’s creation.”

Pope stokes flames ahead of US trip even as he ends problems by AP: “When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he can expect the same rock-star adulation that greets him wherever he goes. But his positions on hot-button issues such as the death penalty and climate change could quickly set the stage for conflict. That may explain why Francis has been clearing the decks on a host of less high-profile matters of contention that could also have marred the visit.”

Interview: David Brooks on sin, Augustine and the state of his soul by Sarah Pulliam Bailey: “I was familiar with Augustine, but I had never really read in depth or read about him. I now consider Augustine the smartest human being I’ve ever encountered in any form. His observations about human psychology and memory are astounding, especially given the time. What’s even more amazing is he combines it with emotional storms. He’s at once intellectually unparalleled and emotionally so rich a character.”

The labor roots of Baltimore’s anguish by EJ Dionne: “The violence that has engulfed Baltimore is visible and heartbreaking evidence of the siege the city has been under for decades. The obvious flashpoints involve race and policing. But since at least the 1970s, the economy’s invisible hand has also been diligently stripping tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs from what was once a bustling workshop where steel, cars and planes were made. Baltimore has tried to do its best in a post-industrial economy, but when work disappears, the results can be catastrophic.”

Santa Fe’s new archbishop reflects on role of bishops in the Francis era by Joshua McElwee: “The pope is making a real impression on all of our hearts, including mine. And it’s not just kind of a simplistic way of living. He walks the talk, but the pope also is very nuanced in his approach and, I think, quite founded in very good thinking. He’s attacking and looking at some of the systemic reasons why there is poverty in our world. And what we need to do to change that, to radically change that — and to be able to recognize when we become inured to poverty, and to say that that’s wrong.”

Fulfilling the Arab Spring by Jackson Diehl: “A realistic U.S. strategy would start with the right long-term goal, which is putting the rest of the Middle East on the path that Tunisia is following toward building liberal institutions. It would then invest in the Arabs and Iranians who share that goal, of whom there are millions, and defend them from the despots who are tossing them in prison, dropping barrel bombs on their homes and forcing them into exile.”

CL Remembers Albacete by Michael Sean Winters: “Here was not only charm, and intelligence, and wit, and a brilliant sense of humor; here was a mark of holiness and authentic humility.”

The Complex Catherine of Siena and the Sin of Simplifying Saints by Katharine Mahon: “To remember Catherine without her prophetic voice, without her spiritual wisdom, her tireless charity, her mystical visions, her pastoral leadership, or without her very human flaws is to strip away what made her unique holiness worthy of memory, veneration, and emulation in her local community and in the universal Church.”

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Catholic journalist and longtime bishops’ spokeswoman, dies at 68 by David Gibson: “Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a quiet nun with a keen wit who led a very public life as a journalist and a longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, died on Tuesday (April 28) after a tough battle with cancer.”

In Sister Mary Ann Walsh, both the Church and the media had a friend by John Allen: “The bishops will, of course, have other spokespersons, but they’ll never have another one quite like Sister Mary Ann. She said she wanted to be a bridge between the Church and the media, and perhaps the final proof of her success is that both camps today feel like they’ve lost a friend.”

Report on Vatican climate change symposium by Anthony Annett: “Cardinal Peter Turkson followed Ban Ki-moon with a powerful and passionate speech. Turkson called for a course correction – toward the idea of sustainable development, a holistic and ethical approach that links economic prosperity, social inclusion, and protection of the natural world.”