Short Take

Mourners hug on March 18 after visiting the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of a terrorist attack last Friday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Saadia Ahmad March 19, 2019
First, reach out to your neighbors and local mosque to show concern and compassion. Then call out those in your life who dehumanize others.
Asking the question about access to universities overlooks the painful truth that the entire journey of education is profoundly challenging for the poor and people of color.
Long Island City, a riverfront neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York, was the proposed site for a new Amazon headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, FIle)
Paul D. McNelis, S.J. March 13, 2019
New York is sending a message that some public officials are no longer willing to play the tax break game, even with giants like Amazon. The rest of the nation should be grateful.
An informal boxing match sometime between 1890 and 1910 (Detroit Publishing Co., P., retrieved from the Library of Congress)
Amy Koehlinger March 08, 2019
As late as the 1970s, boxing saturated U.S. Catholic culture. It reinforced Catholic ideas about the redemptive value of physical suffering; it also offered a powerful form of assimilation to male Catholic immigrants.
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, Mo., speaks at the Leadership Roundtable's Catholic Partnership Summit in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 1. (CNS photo/Ralph Alswang, courtesy Leadership Roundtable) 
Kim Smolik March 07, 2019
A summit hosted by The Leadership Roundtable found concrete ways to address the church’s twin crises: a crisis of abuse and a crisis of leadership failures and cover-up.
A woman receives ashes on Feb. 14, 2018, at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters) 
Brianne Jacobs March 05, 2019
Even the holiest people are complicit in social sin; we benefit from injustices that we do not control. Yet we still have the freedom to seek God’s grace.