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How We Build Young Leaders by Mariann Hughes: “But working for the Church gives politics a deeper meaning. Our work defends the vulnerable, the sick, the poor, the unborn, the elderly and the imprisoned. And more often than not, our comrades-in-arms are there to pick us up to fight another day.”

The pope and the politicians: Francis is certain to challenge lawmakers by Andrew Taylor: “A political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body. So both Democrats and Republicans are looking forward to Pope Francis’ remarks to Congress next month — and bracing for them, too.”

A Moral Message for a Demoralized Congress Dispatches by John Carr: “Many Democrats defend Planned Parenthood, dismissing horrific evidence that reveals more clearly than ever the humanity of the unborn child, the brutal violence of abortion and the dehumanizing attitudes of the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood is the N.R.A. of the progressive movement, demanding support or silence no matter what it says or does. I don’t recall liberals saying Romney’s 47 percent comment should be ignored because of how it was obtained or edited.”

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt: “What exactly are students learning when they spend four years or more in a community that polices unintentional slights, places warning labels on works of classic literature, and in many other ways conveys the sense that words can be forms of violence that require strict control by campus authorities, who are expected to act as both protectors and prosecutors?”

Pro-Choice Questions, Pro-Life Answers by Ross Douthat: “The pro-life movement can succeed, I think, in gaining ground incrementally as a mostly one-party force, especially if it can help prod the G.O.P. a little ways away from some of its recent ‘47 percent’/maker-taker follies, and it can succeed in changing the composition of the Supreme Court in ways that make further incremental progress possible. But to win comprehensive protection for the unborn, to work the larger revolution, it has to have a political foothold outside the Republican Party; it needs some bipartisan leadership and support.”

We need a miracle on climate change by Michael Gerson: “So how do we get technological miracles at a realistic social and economic cost? Only by dramatically increased investment in basic research and development. Gates (matching money to mouth) has pledged to increase his personal investments in green technologies by $1 billion over the next five years. But sufficient scale only comes from government. So he has also recommended that U.S. investments in basic energy technology be more than tripled — from about $5 billion to $16 billion a year.”

Assad Walls Off the Besieged Damascus Suburb He Gassed in 2013 by Michael Weiss: “They’ve been gassed, starved, and shelled. Now they’re being walled in. For years, the Damascus suburb of Moadamiyah has seen the worst of Bashar al-Assad’s war crimes. Not only was it hit with sarin gas in the infamous August 2013 attack, its people also were subjected to a year-long terror-famine—a policy of ‘starvation or submission,’ as one Assad regime official put it at the time. A ‘truce’ was supposed to allow food, medical equipment, and people to come and go from Moadamiyah, but after serial violations the regime has now quietly constructed a 4-meter earthen wall to block off the last remaining point of entry and exit. For five nights straight, the town has faced artillery bombardment and today there have been reports of daytime shelling as well.”

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape by Rukmini Callimachi: “The systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it was reviving slavery as an institution. Interviews with 21 women and girls who recently escaped the Islamic State, as well as an examination of the group’s official communications, illuminate how the practice has been enshrined in the group’s core tenets.”

Do We Need Hope to Fight for Justice? Ta-Nehisi Interrogates Christian Resistance by Sarah Ngu: “For Christians, process is actually invaluable; it is the means by which God shapes and transforms us. For God cares not just about what we do, but who we are. Think of the transformation that Moses or Mary, biblical characters, personally experienced in their own lives as they followed His call.”

Everything is a Caress of God by Alessandro Rovati: “This text is first and foremost a powerful witness of how someone who lives in light of the Resurrection looks at and interacts with every single aspect of reality: economics and politics, other living creatures and fellow human beings, nature and societies.”

It’s unconstitutional to ban the homeless from sleeping outside, the federal government says by Emily Badger: “Boise, like many cities — the number of which has swelled since the recession — has an ordinance banning sleeping or camping in public places. But such laws, the DOJ says, effectively criminalize homelessness itself in situations where people simply have nowhere else to sleep.”

Catholicism is less skittish about politics in the ‘Two-Thirds World’ by John Allen: “Under the influence of leaders from such backgrounds, it seems likely that the Catholic Church may become steadily less skittish about direct political engagement, reflecting the cultural experience and needs of the developing world. For many Catholics outside the West, in other words, the question to be asked isn’t whether the Church is too political. It’s whether the Church is political enough, especially where it has the capacity to fill a void that no other actor either can or will.”