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+Cupich: “A Consistent Ethic of Solidarity” by Michael Sean Winters: “If you are close to your people, if you enter into their lives, their hopes and their fears, you will be able to begin preaching the Gospel with not only new fervor, but new insights. +Cupich did this yesterday and I believe he has touched on something critical to our nation and our Church: Only a consistent ethic of solidarity can repair the tattered fabric of our hyper-individualistic culture, and it is emphatically the Church’s job to accompany that effort at repair.”

The Papal Playlist by Jonathan Lewis: “Living simply means reflecting on what is most important in our lives and getting rid of the clutter — even clutter we prefer. Donating the money you would normally spend on that latte or pair of shoes puts us in solidarity with those in our own country and throughout the world that go without basic necessities that are owed to them. Far from limiting our freedom, living simply makes us more free by helping us de-clutter our lives physically, emotionally and spiritually to focus on the things and people that matter most.”

A Toxic Work World by Anne-Marie Slaughter: “To support care just as we support competition, we will need some combination of the following: high-quality and affordable child care and elder care; paid family and medical leave for women and men; a right to request part-time or flexible work; investment in early education comparable to our investment in elementary and secondary education; comprehensive job protection for pregnant workers; higher wages and training for paid caregivers; community support structures to allow elders to live at home longer; and reform of elementary and secondary school schedules to meet the needs of a digital rather than an agricultural economy.”

A church in the streets by Dan Zak: “A simple lifestyle is one of the four pillars of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which began in 1956. The other pillars are spirituality, community living and social justice. Over the past month, in 37 U.S. cities and six other countries, nearly 300 recent college graduates have jumped off career paths and sprinted to the margins of society. They have banded together to live out these four pillars for a year, to embody the ideals of the world’s most famous Jesuit, whose church exists not in the pews of a cathedral but in the midst of people in need.”

Pope Francis: Crossing borders instead of closing them by Stephen Schneck: “I pray that real Christians here will stand up to domestic Viktor Orbán wannabes who shout that our values and identity need to be protected by internment, deportation, and razor wire.  May Americans open their hearts to consider what Pope Francis will say about refugees, migrants, and immigration.”

For Pope Francis, people are more important than ideas by  Inés San Martín: “The key to Francis, therefore, may be to understand that ideas are less fundamental for him than people – and to the extent he has blinders or limits, it’s less because of faulty concepts than because he hasn’t yet met the right people.”

Obama on liberal college students who want to be coddled: That’s not the way we learn by Libby Nelson: “I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view. I think you should be able to — anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with ‘em.”

In U.S., admiring public and vocal critics await Pope Francis by John Gehring: “When Pope Francis arrives in Washington, D.C., next week, the most intriguing moral leader on the global stage will find throngs of adoring crowds and glowing media coverage. A pope who can make Catholicism cool, and the Vatican a good news story, is rare enough. But Francis’ role as a reformer with a common touch has disarmed even many critics of the world’s most influential institution.”

8 reasons Europe’s refugee crisis is happening now by Liz Sly: “Syria’s war has ground on for four years without end in sight. There is no meaningful diplomacy to end it. At least 250,000 have died. It is no wonder people want to escape. Syrians represent half of this year’s unprecedented surge, which is in turn double the number the year before. In other words, without Syrians, the influx of people seeking sanctuary in Europe would be roughly where it was last year.”

U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies’ Abuse of Boys by NY Times: “The American policy of nonintervention was intended to maintain good relations with the Afghan police and militia units the United States has trained to fight the Taliban. It also reflected a reluctance to impose cultural values in a country where pederasty is rife, particularly among powerful men, for whom being surrounded by young teenagers can be a mark of social status….But the American policy of treating pedophilia as a cultural issue has often alienated the villages whose children were being preyed upon.”

The Pope’s Dark Night of the Soul by Daniel Burke: “I don’t know exactly what happened to Bergoglio during his dark night in Cordoba. I likely never will. But when I see the Pope now in St. Peter’s, preaching mercy to all manner of sinners, I can’t help but think back to the former outcast, kneeling in the dark of the domestic chapel, alone with the God of surprises.”

Pro-democracy protesters defy Thai junta with rare rally by AP: “More than 200 pro-democracy activists defied Thailand’s junta and staged a rare protest in the capital that marked the anniversary of a coup that had pushed the Southeast Asian nation into a nearly decade-long turmoil.”

U.S. Wants Former Salvadoran Ally to Face Justice in 1989 Massacre by Jonathan Katz: “Twenty-six years later, the United States government, which spent more than $4 billion in assistance to El Salvador’s military during the conflict — including training the Atlacatl Battalion, which massacred the Jesuits — is now working to bring some of the officers it once partnered with to justice.”

Ex-Officials Urge White House to Accept More Syrian Refugees by NY Times: “More than 20 former senior officials, including some who served in prominent positions in the Obama administration, urged the White House on Thursday to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees, a tenfold increase over an American commitment made last week.”

US to Russia: Backing al-Assad ‘is not a winning strategy’ by Mick Krever: “Russia’s military deployment in Syria to back Bashar al-Assad “is not a winning strategy,” America’s ambassador to the United Nations said Monday. ‘Doubling down on a regime that gases its people, that barrel bombs its people, that tortures people who it arrests simply for protesting and for claiming their rights — that’s just not going to work,’ Samantha Power told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.”

I’ll Write Til I’m Right With God by O. Alan Noble: “The resulting music is a spiritual exhortation to love our neighbors, to give sacrificially to those in need, to understand the history of oppression in our country and its myriad present manifestations, and to drink of the Living Water. No one is safe from this exhortation, not even Kendrick.”