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10437775_654998631251580_6988579188913998340_n (2)Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Africa needs St. John Paul II now more than ever by Bishop Matthew Kukah: “Dictatorship has deepened the culture of human rights violations while breeding resentment and frustration among our people. Resource-endowed countries have not been able to use their huge wealth into improve the quality of lives of their people. As dictators continue to consolidate their hold on power at all cost, elections have become miniature civil wars, producing violence and death. Our communities are daily fractured along ethnic, regional and religious lines.”

Everyone says the Libya intervention was a failure. They’re wrong. by Shadi Hamid: “Critics further assert that the intervention caused, created, or somehow led to civil war. In fact, the civil war had already started before the intervention began. As for today’s chaos, violence, and general instability, these are more plausibly tied not to the original intervention but to the international community’s failures after intervention.”

The Forgotten Mountains of Darfur by Alexis Okeowo: ““Even as the ethnic cleansing continues, it seems that no one is watching,” Ohanesian said. When she was in the Marra Mountains last year, the territory was rebel-controlled, providing one of the last sanctuaries for Darfuris. But in recent months, the Sudanese government has said it has taken control of most of Jebel Marra, leaving the fate of those refugees uncertain. Still, no one seems to be watching.”

‘Ghetto Gospel’ by Alex Nava: “Hip-hop confirmed for me a fundamental theme in Christianity: God reveals wisdom in the ruins of history, where the young and poor are in the struggle for survival and where outcasts fight for their daily bread.”

Faith leaders ask candidates to give poor ‘living wage’ by Adelle Banks: “On the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., dozens of faith leaders are calling for the U.S. presidential candidates to include a “living wage” for low-income workers in their political agendas.”

New York Just Created a Revolutionary New Family-Leave Policy by Rebecca Traister: “Paid leave has the potential to make men and women closer to equal in both their range of responsibilities and the support to which they feel entitled, both from the government and from each other.”

What the Amish Taught Me About Work-Family Balance by Amber Lapp: “While continuing to advocate for public policies that alleviate stresses on the family, families can help each other by engaging in the kinds of cooperative behaviors that defined life for my Amish in-laws. Families can thus take steps to solve two problems at once: a sense of busyness, and lack of meaningful friendships.”

Indiana’s New Abortion Law by Michael Sean Winters: “The Indiana law instead argued that people with disabilities are people nonetheless, and it is wrong to target them in utero for destruction, so it banned abortions procured after the mother discovers her unborn child suffers from some form of abnormality….The problem with the law, however, is that it made no provision for additional assistance to the mothers and families who are expecting to have a child with disabilities.”

As the climate changes, risks to human health will accelerate by Brady Dennis: “More deaths from extreme heat. Longer allergy seasons. Increasingly polluted air and water. Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks spreading farther and faster. Those are among the health risks that could be exacerbated by global warming coming decades, the Obama administration warned in a new report Monday.”

Our Political Mandate by John Carr: “I love politics, but I hate much of what passes for politics today. Since that papal challenge, American politics has focused on many things, but not human dignity and the common good.”

US Bishops back legal protection for doctors who won’t provide abortions by CNA: “A proposed conscience protection act for health care professionals who oppose abortion would benefit both medical providers and their patients, U.S. Catholic bishops said Thursday as they urged support among the House of Representatives.”

How we know a ‘Francis effect’ on Catholicism is real by Austen Ivereigh: “For Francis – and the Latin-American Church as a whole – the plan is ‘Pastoral Conversion’. He wants the Church to be closer to people in the reality of their daily lives, to be simpler, poorer and more accessible, and better able to communicate God’s merciful love.”

The Dutch just showed the world how Russia influences Western European elections by Anne Applebaum: “Small minorities of angry people, when well organized, can out shout the divided, fearful, apathetic centrist majority in Western Europe — and Russia is prepared to help them do it. This time the stakes weren’t so high, but next time, they might be: The far-right is now the largest political force in the Netherlands. We learned a parallel lesson in the 1930s, but it seems we need to be taught it once again.”

So Little to Ask For: A Home by Nicholas Kristof: “The United States has 64,000 families who are homeless, including 123,000 children, and many will be permanently harmed by the experience. We have growing evidence that traumas like homelessness can flood a child’s brain with a stress hormone, cortisol, and impair brain development. In a year in which there finally is serious talk about inequality, the ultimate poverty is lack of shelter.”