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The Culture of Death in Oklahoma


The death of Christopher Lane in Duncan, Okla., is one of those events that should serve as a cultural epiphany. Lane, a 22-year-old baseball player from Australia, was killed while walking down the street by three teenagers who said they killed him because they were bored. Here is the culture of death on full display and without the possibility of any euphemism obscuring the evil at work.

Egypt's Young People on What They've Learned


Brain Barber has been working for a couple of years now with my colleague at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Jim Youniss, speaking with Egyptian youth about their aspirations and hopes, first during the Revolution two years ago, through the changes to the constitution and election of President Morsi, and up until the current turmoil. In this article at Zocalo, Barber lets the young people tell their stories.  

More GOP Congressmen Back Immigration Reform


Drip, by drip, the Sanity Caucus in the House GOP is coming round to the need to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. This month, the happily named Cong. Daniel Webster from Florida joined the push and now Illinois Cong. Aaron Schock, heretofore known mostly for his abs, has jumped on board. Welcome to them both. A few more and we will have enough for a discharge petition.

Pope Francis & Encounter


An emerging, dominant theme of this pontificate is the word “encounter.” Pope Francis uses it repeatedly, urging Catholics to go out to the peripheries, especially to the poor and the marginalized, and encounter other persons.


Among other things, this emphasis on encounter shows the new pope’s deep indebtedness to Don Luigi Giussani, the founder of Communione e Liberazione. Encounter is a central theme of his writings and a central charism of the movement he started.


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June 16-29, 2017