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At Vatican, ‘Tenets of Faith’ Seen as Crucial in Climate Change Effort
Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times

Religious leaders need to tell congregations that global warming can affect not just the environment, but also the spread of diseases and other threats to human health, participants said at a Vatican conference on Saturday on climate change, an issue that has been a priority of Pope Francis.

The hidden economy that love and mothers generate
Patrick F. Fagan, MercatorNet

The dismal science leaves out half the economy.

The Quiet Religious-Freedom Fight That Is Remaking America
Emma Green, The Atlantic

A federal law was supposed to put an end to the use of local zoning laws as tools of discrimination. It hasn’t.

Jesuit scientist’s controversial rice system flowers in poor nations
Shannon Levitt, Crux

In the middle of the 20th century, a French Jesuit and missionary in Madagascar named Father Henri de Laulanié pioneered an approach to expanding rice crops called “System of Rice Intensification.” It’s derided by some others in the field as a collection of folk practices rather than real science, but it lives on, including in a Nepal project by “World Neighbors,” a non-profit organization devoted to promoting sustainable agriculture.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).