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For Pope Francis, wisdom comes from the poor by John Allen: “If you want to understand Francis’ agenda, in other words, you don’t need to Google the Catechism of the Catholic Church or the Code of Canon Law. You’d be better off heading to some place like Kangemi.”

In 5 Minutes, He Lets the Blind See by Nicholas Kristof: “Readers often tell me of their doubts about humanitarian aid, and it’s true that helping people is always harder than it looks. But sometimes it’s almost miraculous: A $25 surgery, say $50 for both eyes, to restore a person’s sight.”

The Role of Believers at Paris Climate Change Summit by Cardinal Luis Tagle and Tom Gallagher: “We invite politicians and policy-makers, business people, scientists, artists and educators, parents and children, friends, colleagues and families, to work together for the common good, respecting the dignity of each person, and especially of the poorest and most vulnerable people. We must develop a consistent ethic of solidarity with the environment and with each other. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things. If we let our lives be inspired by it, our lives will be a manifestation of that love which transforms “global warming” into a worldwide warming of our hearts to the poor.”

Hope still reigns by Timothy P. O’Malley: “In the end, the season of Advent is not a time to be dispirited about the wounds of sin and death that still infect humanity. Instead, we are to exercise that prophetic virtue of hope. To long for God to act anew in this weary world of ours.”

Are Non-Religious Children Really More Altruistic? by Robert D. Woodberry: “My analysis of the article demonstrates that the project was poorly constructed and the data analysis sloppy. The authors do virtually nothing to test alternative explanations or mitigate the flaws in their research design. The result contradicts the vast majority of other research on the topic. The authors extrapolate well beyond what the data show, and reporters extrapolate beyond even what the authors claim.”

‘Chicagonomics’ and ‘Economics Rules’ by David Leonhardt: “The radicalization and nihilism of much of modern American conservatism is worrisome for many reasons, not least the important role that actual conservatism has played in recent decades and could play today.”

Russia and the Great Forgetting by Anne Applebaum: “In the quarter-century since the fall of Communism, we’ve forgotten what a cynical, unprincipled, authoritarian Russian regime looks like, especially one with an audacious global strategy and no qualms whatsoever about sacrificing human life. Let me say it again more clearly: Almost all of the men who currently rule Russia (and they are all men) were taught and trained by the KGB. Their teaching and training shows.”

The price of American inaction by Fred Hiatt: “He withdrew all U.S. troops from Iraq when experts advised that a residual force of 15,000 would help to keep a fragile peace. He bombed Libya to overthrow its dictator but opposed a small NATO training force that might have stabilized the new government. He ordered a limited surge of troops to Afghanistan but soon began withdrawing them on a timetable unmoored to conditions. When Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad cracked down on democracy protesters, kindling violence, Obama kept the United States aloof. It’s impossible to know what would have unfolded had he decided differently. We do know that the outcome in three of these cases has been catastrophic (with Afghanistan still hanging in the balance) — and quite different from what the president expected.”