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Pope to visit icon of world without mercy in Auschwitz by Ines San Martin: ‘At the infamous German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz, among the first things one encounters upon entering is a quotation from the Spanish thinker George Santayana: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ It’s almost impossible not to hear those words echo in this place, where Pope Francis will visit in late July while in Poland for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day festival.”

This is how fascism comes to America by Robert Kagan: “This is how fascism comes to America, not with jackboots and salutes (although there have been salutes, and a whiff of violence) but with a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac “tapping into” popular resentments and insecurities, and with an entire national political party — out of ambition or blind party loyalty, or simply out of fear — falling into line behind him.”

Chicago shocker: Catholic archdiocese to offer 12 weeks of paid parental leave by David Gibson: “The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced that it will begin offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its employees, a policy that is almost unheard of in Catholic dioceses and one that reflects an effort to put the church’s money where its mission is.”

Child care now costs more than rent. Here’s how to fix this crisis. by Hillary Clinton: “I’m committed to increasing federal investments and incentivizing states so that no family ever has to pay more than 10 percent of its income for child care. This is a big idea, and I’m determined to fight for it.”

How Family Fragmentation Sabotages Trust and Grit by David Lapp: “Trust is everything. Without trust, it’s difficult to form lasting bonds, and without lasting bonds, it’s hard to forge meaning—and without meaning, grit is scarce: you cannot persevere if you don’t find meaning in your relationships, religion, work, or community.”

Vietnam frees dissident priest ahead of Obama visit by AP: “Vietnam granted early release from prison to a Catholic priest who is one of its most prominent dissidents, a move widely seen as a goodwill gesture before President Barack Obama arrives on an official visit late Sunday night. The Catholic Archdiocese of the central city of Hue reported on its webpage that it welcomed the return Friday of the Rev. Nguyen Van Ly from prison.”

Liturgy as a True Force for Evangelization by Elizabeth Scalia with Tim O’Malley: “I don’t think the Church has adequately nourished the imagination of young adults to see what happens in the Mass. Part of this is the fault of our parishes, which continue to celebrate the liturgy so poorly. But part of it is a catechetical problem: how can we renew the imagination of emerging adults so that they see the Mass as meaningful for their lives and transformative of the human condition itself?”

Fr. Jim Martin meets people where they are — online by  Elizabeth Elliott: “For the millennials and the ones not in church do you feel like a virtual parish priest for them? I see it as a ministry, and Jesuits are taught to meet people where they are. I think social media is a private way for people to explore their spirituality.”

Age, lifestyle of father linked to birth defects by UPI: “Researchers at Georgetown University have found paternal influence is much stronger than often thought, finding in a recent review of studies that everything from alcohol consumption to age can play a role in the development of birth defects and gene expression in their children.”

‘The Shrapnel Finds Us Wherever We Hide’ by Tom Rhodes and Musa John: “The frontlines of this war have remained remarkably static since it broke out in 2011: Little has changed save for the body count, which has ticked steadily higher. But as Bashir’s government has fallen on increasingly tough economic times — the result of dwindling oil revenues and expensive wars not just in Nuba, but in the Darfur and Blue Nile regions as well — it has started to look for ways to cut military costs. To that end, it has repackaged the notorious Janjaweed militia from Darfur and dispatched it to the Nuba Mountains as a cheaper alternative to conventional troops.”

Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk, says World Bank by Larry Elliott: “The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk, according to the World Bank.”