Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from “spiritual Alzheimer’s” that has made them forget they’re supposed to be joyful men of God.
Islamic State: Yazidi women tell of sex-slavery trauma
Paul Wood, BBC
The Yazidi religious minority community in Iraq says 3,500 of its women and girls are still being held by the so-called Islamic State (IS), many being used as sex slaves. A few have managed to escape and here tell their harrowing stories.
A New Model for Helping the Poor
Matt Perman, What’s Best Next
Are there better ways of helping the poor in the medium to long term that go beyond giving things altogether? While giving is important, increasingly organizations are recognizing that the answer is yes.
States embrace religious liberty, spiritual awakening
Tammi Reed Ledbetter, Baptist Press
Still alarmed by subpoenas of sermons and correspondence for pastors who opposed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, resolutions on religious liberty and free speech were passed in more than a dozen state Baptist convention meetings this fall.