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So help me God: ‘Faithful Citizenship’ and Catholics in public life by Stephen Schneck: “Finally, Faithful Citizenship could remind American Catholics that citizenship is not a license, but rather an ongoing formation of the soul to serve the common good. With citizenship comes rights and privileges, yes, but, more importantly, duties and responsibilities.”

HUD proposes smoking ban in public housing, citing dangers of secondhand smoke by Washington Post: “The government is seeking to ban smoking in all of the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units, the latest step in a decades-long crackdown on tobacco products that help kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. In its proposed rule, announced Thursday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies to go smoke-free within several years. The agencies must design policies prohibiting lit tobacco products in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and in all outdoor areas near housing and administrative office buildings, HUD officials said.”

Why Catholics should be grateful for ‘Spotlight’ and the media’s exposing abuses within the church by Christopher White: “Century’s-long thinking is why Catholics around the world who passed on the faith from generation to generation felt so betrayed by their leaders who failed in their fidelity to the gospel. But it’s also the motivation for the reform efforts of the past decade — and a renewed commitment from the Church to ensure that for centuries to come, such tragedies must never be allowed to take place again.”

Marginalized People’s Neglected Diseases by Carolyn Woo and Michael Marine: “The pope’s entreaties should make us turn our attention to every aspect of human suffering, especially those that affect the most marginalized people. One of these is neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This group of parasitic and related infections – including lymphatic filariasis (or elephantiasis), intestinal worms, and schistosomiasis – is a scourge of poverty. These illnesses afflict approximately 1.4 billion people per year, including more than 500 million children, causing untold pain and suffering and, through lost productivity, contributing to the cycle of poverty.”

Chicago nun wins ‘Chopped,’ hopes it will help spotlight ‘issue of hunger’ by Manya Brachear Pashman: “Sister Alicia Torres became the “Chopped” champion on the Food Network’s reality TV cooking show, winning $10,000 for Our Lady of the Angels Mission to provide more home-cooked meals for neighbors in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.”

Can We Start Taking Political Correctness Seriously Now? by Jonathan Chait: “To imagine p.c. as simply a thing college kids do relieves us of taking it seriously as a coherent set of beliefs, which it very much is. Political correctness is a system of thought that denies the legitimacy of political pluralism on issues of race and gender.”

Climate change could create 100 million poor, over half a billion homeless by Tiffany Ap: “Rising sea levels from unchecked carbon emissions could drive more than 100 million people into extreme poverty and submerge the homes of over half a billion, two new reports say.”

Mass Yazidi grave discovered after Iraq’s Sinjar taken from Islamic State by Reuters: “A mass grave believed to contain the remains of more than 70 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority was discovered east of Sinjar town on Saturday after Kurdish forces claimed victory over Islamic State militants in the area, the mayor and locals said.”

Syrian Refugees In France Say Paris Terror Is The Terror They Fled by Munzer al-Awad and Mike Giglio: “Syrians who fled a brutal war and often undertook deadly sea journeys to settle in France reacted with horror to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, and said they recognized the enemy all too well. “Syrians left Syria in dangerous ways to live in peace, but the killers followed them to Europe,” said Moaz Shaklab, a businessman from the Syrian city of Homs who settled in France two years ago as a refugee.”

More Than 21 Years Later, Washington Faces Another Problem From Hell by Colum Lynch: “Rwanda’s genocide still stands more than two decades later as the starkest symbol of the great powers’ unwillingness to confront mass slaughter in the modern age. Now, the United States and the U.N. face a similar test of their commitment in neighboring Burundi, were ethnic Hutu elites in government have darkly hinted at plans to exterminate members of the country’s Tutsi minority.”

At University of Missouri, Black Students See a Campus Riven by Race by NY Times: “A handful of racially charged episodes on the Missouri campus this fall, including someone smearing a swastika on a wall with feces, have touched off protests, a hunger strike, the threat of a boycott by the football team and, on Monday, the resignation of the university system’s president and the chancellor of this campus. Similar protests erupted Wednesday at other colleges across the country.”

Lebanese mourn victims of suicide blasts in Shiite district by AP: “The blasts Thursday night, which included a second suicide bombing minutes later, turned the Shiite district into a nighttime inferno, killing at least 43 people and wounding over 200 others. The extremist Islamic State group quickly claimed the attack, which shattered a relative calm that has held for more than a year despite the civil war raging next door in Syria.”

Facing evil in Paris and beyond by Washington Post: “The United States needs a leader who will recommit to a principled but determined fight for freedom — at home, in Europe and around the world.”