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Chicago archbishop: Church should work through social changes together by Joshua McElwee: “‘That’s how I look at various discussions and dialogue with people, especially if they’re different from me and come up differently from me,’ he said. ‘I think those discussions are not only encounters for healing and being challenged for them, but for me as well.’”

Lessons of tyranny by Washington Post: “The report found that four large camps in North Korea hold some 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners. The commission declared in its report that ‘crimes against humanity’ were committed and based on policies set at the top of the regime. The commission…reported evidence of ‘extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.’”

Secular society and religious communities find common ground in ‘Laudato Si” by Allison Walter: “From the effort for workers’ rights during the Industrial Revolution to the struggle for civil rights of this century, faith communities have nearly always been a part of effective social movements. Pope Francis knows that the whole is greater than the part, and religious and nonreligious people alike must come together to create movement on this intractable issue.”

Tales of Horror Should Galvanize Obama by Nicholas Kristof: “On his Africa trip, Obama should work closely with Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia to impose targeted sanctions on the families of recalcitrant leaders in all factions, so they pay a price until there is peace. The United States has donated $1.1 billion in aid to South Sudan since the civil war began, but what is most needed isn’t money but tough, hands-on diplomacy to pressure all sides.”

Pope Francis To Highlight The Plight Of The Poor During Trip To Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay by Nicole Winfield: “Environmental concerns in the Amazon, border conflicts and the region’s tortured history with authoritarian regimes also factor into the agenda as history’s first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time since he was elected two years ago.”

Chicago’s Archbishop Cupich sees ‘consistent ethic of life’ staging a comeback by John Allen: “I would say this: people are more attuned now to the consistent life ethic that Cardinal [Joseph] Bernardin advocated than they were during his lifetime. We’ve seen the results of that.”

The Next Culture War by David Brooks: “The defining face of social conservatism could be this: Those are the people who go into underprivileged areas and form organizations to help nurture stable families. Those are the people who build community institutions in places where they are sparse. Those are the people who can help us think about how economic joblessness and spiritual poverty reinforce each other. Those are the people who converse with us about the transcendent in everyday life.”

Holy Family today would run away from Egypt, not toward it by John Allen: “Sadly, Egypt today has become a place a small number of Christians are running away from, not toward, while most express a grim determination to hold on no matter how bad it gets.”

Melinda Gates: ‘I’m Living Out My Faith in Action’ by Timothy Morgan: “Since Melinda and husband Bill created the Gates Foundation in 2000, they have given away $33.5 billion of their massive wealth from Microsoft and from their close friend, billionaire Warren Buffett. The foundation started the same year as the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the 15-year antipoverty campaign centered on 8 global objectives. The two programs share many priorities, such as fighting diseases, reducing extreme poverty, and improving maternal health.”