The Common Good

Weekly Wrap 12.6.13: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Research Shows Those Who Give Feel, and Look, Better
Philanthropy isn’t just good for the soul; it’s good for our health and looks, too.

2. A Religious Sting Operation
A Mormon bishop goes church disguised as a homeless man in order to teach his congregation something about compassion

3. Hug It Out for YouTube
A YouTube mascot has been moving through Karachi, Pakistan, with a placard: "If you want me back, hug me.” The video service has been banned in Pakistan for more than a year.

4. In 1968, Minimum Wage Kept Family of Three Out of Poverty
Graph illustrates what would happen to the minimum wage in relationship to poverty if Congress passes a bill to gradually increase the minimum.

5. The Pope in Disguise?
Vatican officials deny reports the pope has been slipping out at night to visit the poor in Rome, but such tales seem in line with Francis’ unconventional and pastoral style.

6. Celibacy, Sex, and the Priest
While Pope Francis speaks a lot about change, clerical celibacy hasn’t gotten much attention. Bill Keller of the New York Times tells the story of one of his teaching nuns who married a priest later in life. Keller says, “If I’m an émigré from the country of Catholicism, the Hydars would be best described as dissidents who stayed. They ended up in one of the many small communities of disaffected Catholics.”

7. Tips for Jesus!
Forget 15, 18, or 20 percent tips for the wait staff, the anonymous person (or people) behind @TipsforJesus has been way more generous than that.

8. A Pastor's Confession on Immigration
A Pastor repents of his previous stance on immigration, telling of the story of those around him.

9. They’re Tough on the Outside, But Inside...
These mean looking bikers aren’t what you might have first thought. They’re helping protect children who have been sexually abused.

10. How the Media Treated Women in 2013
There was a lot to celebrate this year for women in the media. But some things aren't changing fast enough. Check out an overview of how the media treated women this year

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