Pope Suggests Greedy Christians Give Religion a Bad Name

Is it better to be an atheist who does good deeds than a Catholic who does not? Pope Francis’s words are in line with his teaching about stewardship and service and cut through the din of rhetoric to remind nonprofits and others of their mission.

A Manmade Famine in South Sudan

War and drought have combined to create large-scale famine in South Sudan. Internecine conflicts have prevented farmers from being able to raise crops, and now 100,000 people are starving.

State Legislatures Move to Thwart Protests

January 31, 2017; National Public Radio

NPQ declared this week that “slactkivism is over,” and the sheer number of marchers in the past week seems to bear this out. But some states have very recently introduced legislation to impede protestors, claiming that the disruption is not just a public nuisance but an actual danger. Legislatures in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Washington, and Iowa all introduced bills to penalize or criminalize protestors. The Intercept summarized the anti-protest bills in this way:
In North Dakota, for instance, Republicans introduced a bill last week that would allow motorists to run over and kill any protester obstructing a highway as long as a driver does so accidentally. In Minnesota, a bill introduced by Republicans last week seeks to dramatically stiffen fines for freeway protests and would allow prosecutors to seek a full year of jail time for protesters blocking a highway.

Nonprofits Saving Stories in the Digital Age

The increased digitization of modern society and the rapidly evolving media on which people store and access information present a challenge for librarians: How can they best preserve information for future generations?