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Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Go To Church, Justin Bieber by Anna Nussbaum Keating: “However, we don’t simply go because it is what we have always done, though there is something very primal and ancient about this gesture. We go to church to pay obeisance to the God that created us. That is, to acknowledge the order of the cosmos, and the reality that we are dependent upon that order. And we don’t go alone. We go as part of a community, or body. As Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matt. 18:20). After all, the Holy Spirit didn’t descend upon one apostle, it descended upon all of them. When we go to church to worship, then, we situate ourselves within a cosmology, or theoretical framework, that helps us understand what it means to live life as a follower of Jesus.”

The Big University by David Brooks: “Universities are more professional and glittering than ever, but in some ways there is emptiness deep down. Students are taught how to do things, but many are not forced to reflect on why they should do them or what we are here for. They are given many career options, but they are on their own when it comes to developing criteria to determine which vocation would lead to the fullest life. But things are changing.”

Business Ethics and Family Life Brandon McGinley by Brandon McGinley: “Christian libertarians often present themselves as hard-nosed realists, but it’s hard to imagine a more extravagant fantasy than the assumption that the skills and traits required to navigate the vagaries of twenty-first-century American capitalism can be mapped directly onto the virtues that build us up in holiness.”

Photographer captures haunting images of Syria’s lost children by Colin Daileda: “Syria is disappearing. At least 4 million people have fled the country during the years-long conflict — and the future is bleak: More than one million of the refugees are children younger than 12. Photojournalist Magnus Wennman traveled around Europe and the Middle East, capturing these children of war as they tried to find some rest in a frightening, uncertain world.”

Lasting impact of the papal visit by Jennifer Butler: “Francis’s combination of popularity and nonpartisanship makes him a powerful messenger for political messages. For the pope, defending poor workers and caring for creation are not political but spiritual messages rooted in scripture and age-old Catholic teachings on the dignity of every human being.”

What the ‘Pope Francis effect’ hasn’t delivered in Cuba by Nick Miroff: “Like John Paul II and Benedict, Francis did not meet with dissidents in Cuba. The Vatican registered no public protest even when Cuban security forces detained two government critics, both women older than 65, that church officials had invited to see the pope.Activists at the illegal-but-tolerated Cuban Commission for Human Rights and Reconciliation tallied 353 political arrests and detentions around Francis’s visit, and at least 882 in September, a 15-month high.”

The Pope’s Subversive Message by Arthur Brooks: “Many people around the world have found themselves attracted to the pope’s warm message of unity. And well they should be — unity is in short supply in our unhappy world today. But Francis is asking for more than a mass chorus of “Kumbaya.” He is in the hunt for the whole human soul.”

A New Way to Tackle Gun Deaths by Nicholas Kristof: “What we need is an evidence-based public health approach — the same model we use to reduce deaths from other potentially dangerous things around us, from swimming pools to cigarettes. We’re not going to eliminate guns in America, so we need to figure out how to coexist with them.”

New tally in Saudi hajj disaster shows at least 1,399 killed by AP: “The crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,399 people during the hajj pilgrimage, a new tally Thursday showed, 630 more than the kingdom’s official toll.”

Why the Catholic Church Is So Liberal On Labor by Whet Moser: “Chicago’s archbishop directly addressed a just wage and right-to-work laws as the city and state both struggle with labor. They’re topics of the moment, but grounded in a long history.”

ISIS soldiers told to rape women ‘to make them Muslim’ by Atika Shubert and Bharati Naik: “In ISIS territory, Yazidi women can be bought and sold for money, bartered for weapons, even given as a gift; but this is not a simple commercial transaction — ISIS has made rape and slavery part and parcel of its — brutal — theology.”

There’s no way to legalize marijuana without increasing teen use by Ed Gogek: “A huge study, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, shows that between 2005 and 2011, teen use increased by 33 percent in states with medical marijuana laws, but only increased 6 percent everywhere else. Only 10 states had medical marijuana in 2005, and they accounted for only 20 percent of the U.S. population, but they were responsible for 60 percent of the increase in teen use.”

The First Canon: Mercy by Rev. Kevin McKenna: “The canonical sense of justice is supposed to sweeten the harshness of the law’s justice with mercy.”

Talking Francis and capitalism in the belly of the beast by Michael Sean Winters: “Our social teaching flows from our core beliefs about humankind being created in the image of a Triune God. In this great free country of ours, people are free to stand with Hayek and Ludwig von Mises and Milton Friedman, or they are free to stand with Francis, but you can’t stand with both.”

To gun violence, Archbishop Cupich says ‘Enough!’ by Blase Cupich: “It is no longer enough for those of us involved in civic leadership and pastoral care to comfort the bereaved and bewildered families of victims of gun violence. It is time to heed the words of Pope Francis and take meaningful and swift action to address violence in our society. We must band together to call for gun-control legislation. We must act in ways that promote the dignity and value of human life. And we must do it now.”