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Pope Francis: Christians with pockets?

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Our wonderful Holy Father is at it again, confronting us Christians with a searching query about our attachment to money and how it can keep us from real conversion. In this morning's homily, he said: "When conversion touches pockets, it's a certainty. Christians in heart? Yes, everyone is. Christians by blood? All of us. However, Christians with pockets, very few." Here is the full report.

Review: "Walking God's Earth"

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In 1966, historian Lynn White delivered a paper, subsequently published under the title “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” which may still be the most important essay on the environment by a Christian. White argued that the command in Genesis to subdue the earth and exercise dominion over it, combined with Christianity’s otherworldly interest in individual soul salvation were the twin Western cultural fonts from which grew a legacy of environmental degradation.

RIP: Immigration Reform

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“Elections have consequences.” This truism is acknowledged by both winners and losers in the wake of an election, as they survey the changed political landscape. Unfortunately, for about half a dozen elections now, there is one group of people for whom no election seems to have consequences, the 11 million undocumented immigrants who currently live in the United States. Win or lose, their plight is never sufficient to coerce the nation’s politicians into effective action.

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