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Weekly Wrap 3.14.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Pope Francis' 10 Most Quotable Quotes of the Year
Yesterday, the pope celebrated his one-year anniversary. And while there was certainly many, many to choose from, Catholic News Service compiles his top 10 quotes.

2 . Twitter Conversation Responds to Myth That Clothing Encourages Sexual Violence
"Pink princess pajamas. Jeans and a t-shirt. Sweatpants and a baggy sweater. When Twitter user Christina Fox (@Steenfox) asked her followers, “What were you wearing when you were assaulted?” some answered with these clothes."

3. America's Most Unequal Metros
Income inequality has risen across the board in U.S. metro areas over the past two decades. But which metros are feeling it the most? Does your city make the list?

4. Fake Magazine Covers That Expose Real Inequality
"What would happen if, instead of celebrities and supermodels, magazine covers showcased women and girls who are invisible to society?" Check out the photo gallery to see.

5. Catholics, Evangelicals Press GOP on Immigration
Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders joined together Wednesday to meet with top House Republicans and tell them a vote on immigration reform must come before August.

6. How Helpful — and How Christian — Is Dave Ramsey's Financial Advice?
Anyone who has gone through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class can probably extol its virtues and it's debt-free result. But how biblical is its basis?

7. BP Closer to Restoring U.S. Operations After Deal With Government Agency
An agreement that includes five years of EPA monitoring means the BP is allowed to bid for new projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is still mired in civil lawsuits and cleanup efforts after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

8. Poll: Americans Think Hurricane Katrina Worse Crisis Than Syria
On the 3-year anniversary of the conflict in Syria, a new poll shows how little Americans still understand about the issue. So far the conflict in Syria has affected more than 9 million people. Read more about the conflict at the link.

9. Brief Moments When I Did Not Hate the Bible
"Over and over, I commission myself to read Scripture in a way that makes my heart sing. To interpret it in ways that free me. To regard it with joy instead of obligation. To read it, or not read it, and know that Jesus loves me anyway."

10. Dads Pose With Their Babies in New Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign
While the American Academy of Pediatrics has affirmed and reaffirmed its guidelines that breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first year of life, many women struggle due to lack of support — like one mom who was told she couldn't breastfeed onboard an airplane. The new "If I Could, I Would" photo series shows men with their babies as a sign of support for breastfeeding moms.

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