Congratulations to David Kertzer and Elizabeth Kolbert, winners of the Pulitzer Prize in biography and nonfiction.

If you missed the interviews, check them out here:

‘Pope And Mussolini’ Tells The 'Secret History’ Of Fascism And The Church

In The World’s 'Sixth Extinction,’ Are Humans The Asteroid?

PS. Sarah Koenig and the Serial team just won a Peabody, so here’s that interview too. 

Opting not to have children is a ‘selfish choice’

The Pope

NOPE. Here’s what’s really selfish:

  • Having a child if you do truly do not want one. 
  • 7 billion people on this planet with 53,000,000 orphans worldwide.
  • An adoption system that excludes loving LGTB families, atheists, and single-parent households.
  • Adding more social pressure to those struggling with infertility. 
  • Using your celebrity status to spread shame, guilt, and hate, instead of joy, love, and compassion. 

Children do not exist to further your precious name or genes, take care of you when you’re old, or make you a better [Insert Religion Here]

If you cannot imagine your life without a child, then go forth and procreate! You can also adopt, foster, mentor, or help a child through random acts of kindness

I do not say this as a mother, religious leader, or person with celebrity status. I say this as a person that was an unwanted child.

In an expansive interview coinciding with the second anniversary of his unexpected election, Pope Francis said his time as the head of the Roman Catholic Church will be brief.

Francis said he misses the relative anonymity he had as a bishop. As NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli reports, “He also said he doesn’t mind being pope, but would like to go out in Rome unrecognized, for a pizza.”

Pope Francis Says His Tenure At The Vatican Will Be Short

Photo Credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza.
—  Pope Francis, 78, who said he feels his pontificate will be brief, perhaps four or five years, or even two or three. Two years have already passed. 

CITE DU VATICAN, Vatican City : Pope Francis prays face down, on the floor of St. Peter’s Basilica during the Celebration of Lord’s Passion on Good Friday on April 3, 2015 in Vatican. Christians around the world are marking the Holy Week, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, leading up to his resurrection on Easter.  AFP PHOTO POOL / GABRIEL BOUYS                        


What do Pope Benedict XV, Victor Hugo, and Joseph Pulitzer have in common? Hint: It has to do with Auguste Rodin. Learn more at the upcoming talk with curator Jennifer Thompson at the Rodin Museum

Pope Benedict XV,” modeled 1915, cast 1926, by Auguste Rodin

Victor Hugo,” modeled 1883, plaster made in 1886, by Auguste Rodin

Joseph Pulitzer,” modeled 1907, cast 1926, by Auguste Rodin