The Common Good

Weekly Wrap 1.10.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. 14 Reasons 2014 Might Not Be So Bad
John Green gives us 14 reasons for some optimism this year, including lower divorce and caner rates and more women’s literacy.

2. And the Winners for Religious Art & Architecture Are...
Faith&Forum announces the winners of its 2013 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture.

3. 'Wolf of Wall Street' Called 'Profoundly Moral'
It sets a record for expletives, but Laura Turner calls Wolf of Wall Street a profoundly moral film precisely because it depicts those things to which Catholic News Service objects.

4. Burka Anyone?
recent survey taken in seven countries with Muslim majorities finds that most respondents prefer that a woman completely cover her hair, but not necessarily her face. 

5. Five Religious-Themed Apps Banned by Apple
Brian Pellot’s tracking with religious themes that Apple has rejected or pulled from the App Store, including one that allows users to paste their faces onto the bodies of faith leaders.

6. No Charges for 'Snake Salvation' Pastor
A grand jury has decided not to indict Rev. Andrew Hamblin, who’s been featured on National Geographic’s Snake Salvation series, on charges of violating a Tennessee ban on possessing venomous snakes. Hamblin says the Bible commands him to handle the serpents.

7. Snow Chapel
Indiana’s Tyler Watts didn’t stay snug inside when the university where he works shut down in light of weather that was 13 below zero. Instead, he built an 8-foot chapel made of snow.  

8. 5 Films to Make 2014 'the Year of the Bible'
Forget lists about the year past, Jonathan Merritt looks ahead at the films major movie studios are releasing this year.

9. Colbert and the Priest Talk Economic Inequality
Rev. Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest, stops by the Colbert Report to talk economic injustice.

10. Want to Win the War on Poverty?
On the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty, Sojourners' Jim Wallis says liberals and conservatives must work together for the sake of the vulnerable.

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