Daily Links, April 9: Easter messages, health insurance, and Catholic social teaching
Happy Easter season! We hope you had a joyful day of celebration! The pope was in for a big Easter treat--literally. He received this 7 foot tall, 550-pound chocolate bunny , which he donated to a juvenile detention center. Benedict also offered an Easter message for Syria : end the bloodshed. President Obama also extended Easter greetings . And, here's an Easter message  from Vox Nova.
On our blog, Scott Alessi sees some reasons for hope  in the wake of the tragic shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend.
Religion Dispatches takes a look at how the Paul Ryan budget meshes with Catholic social teaching . Spoiler alert: they conclude that it doesn't, really.
And, while debates still rage about the Affordable Care Act, former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm says that being uninsured  is also a mandate--to higher costs in emergency room care. "Being forced out of the insurance market doesn’t mean one is absent from the health care market," she says.