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Check out these recent articles from around the web:

The Last Anointing by Elizabeth Dias: “The country is facing a deeply personal crisis of spirit, not only of health or economics. A virus has forced a reckoning with the most intimate questions we have, questions not only about how we live, but also about how we die. About what we can control, and what we cannot. About how to name human dignity, despair and hope. And especially about how to make meaning of our final hours on this earth.”

The Still-Vital Case for Liberalism in a Radical Age by Jonathan Chait: “Politics is a matter of life and death. If you start with the premise that one side has a monopoly on truth, you inevitably land on the conclusion that questioning its ideas is dangerous.”

Celine Fariala Mangaza, Congolese Heroine of Disabled People, Dies at 52 by Lauren Wolfe: “Mama Leki had been tired of the stories of women who were sexually assaulted or beaten while home alone or forced to beg on the street, made all the more vulnerable because of their condition. Isolation, poverty and loneliness were part of their everyday existence until she brought them together to earn a little money by sewing brightly colored dolls, bags and dresses.”

Election Day 2020 could yield a catastrophic mess by E.J. Dionne Jr.: “Our country is divided enough as it is, and our democracy cannot afford to turn Nov. 3 into a cataclysm. After last Tuesday, we can’t say we weren’t warned. There’s a reason civil rights and voting rights have always gone hand in hand.”

Feeling Tedious? Change Your Perspective of Time by Dan Masterton: “To tap into meaningful moments, we need to be willing to be vulnerable; we need to commit to being present when spending time with others; we need to approach interactions with an attitude of humble mutuality and reciprocal encounter. These underlying attitudes can help foster kairos moments in our days, and when we experience more spontaneous kairos moments, they help underscore the positive impact of living out such values.”

Necessary Bluntness by John Gehring: “Archbishop Gregory has unsettled the guardians of the status quo in our church by speaking out against the use of a sacred space as a backdrop for a president who fans the flames of white resentment for political gain. There is an opening now for a more honest, and difficult, conversation about race and power in the Catholic Church. Do we have the courage to have it?”

Promoting human rights abroad when they’re being trampled at home by Tamara Cofman Wittes: “Our moral foundation for human rights advocacy is thus not — and in reality, has never been — our own perfect adherence to those ideals. Our moral foundation comes from our commitment, shared with others all around the world, to the rights inherent in every human being, and to the commitment to strive constantly to better realize those rights. It comes from solidarity.”

In absence of federal action, farm workers’ coronavirus cases spike by Liz Crampton: “Coronavirus outbreaks among farm workers are popping up in rural communities across the country, sparking fears within the agriculture industry that cases will skyrocket as harvest season stretches into summer.”

UN ‘appalled’ by twin jihadist attacks in Nigeria by BBC: “Dozens of soldiers and civilians are reported to have been killed in twin attacks by Islamist militants in north-eastern Nigeria’s Borno state.”