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Francis gets his ‘oxygen’ from the slums
John L. Allen Jr., National Catholic Reporter

In Argentina, they say that if you want to understand the priestly soul of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, then you have to know the villas miserias, literally “villas of misery,” meaning the slums in Buenos Aires where the poorest of the poor are found.

You Can Love Nature and Still Hate the Tyranny of Environmental Regulations
John Stossel, Reason

Throughout the world, most reductions in pollution have been achieved because of capitalism, not government control.

What Real Persecution Looks Like
Nina Shea, CNN

Persecution for conversion to Christianity – a faith with the “Great Commission” to share the Gospel – is rising globally, along with persecution of some very long-established, even 2000-year-old, Christian communities.

Is The Image of God An Engine of Economic Progress?
Jay W. Richards, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

We aren’t ghosts trapped in bodies. We’re made of dirt, we’re made to work with dirt – and yet we have in us the very breath of God. Work itself is part of God’s original blessing, not his curse after the fall.

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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).