viernes, 2 de septiembre de 2016

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This weekend belongs to Mother Teresa of Calcutta (now Kolkata to the world) and to her daughters sons in the religious orders and associations that carry on her ministry to “the poorest of the poor” in numerous countries. On Sunday she will be canonised a saint by Pope Francis, who will thus confirm the long-held conviction of many millions of people, including myself.
In the second half of the 20th century Mother Teresa, the little nun in a white sari, eyes framed by permanent creases from her smile, was a living icon of charity – the kind of charity Christ sketched so memorably in the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Last Judgement. Not all the scandals of the Catholic Church in recent years can take the shine off her example of what the love of Christ can urge people to do. If she was not a saint, I don’t know who is.
But holiness does not come easy. Saints have to struggle against themselves and with misunderstanding from others. Even struggles with God. This is what Gëzim Alpion, a compatriot of the Albanian saint and a sociologist, means by “a saint of darkness”. Even today, controversy continues, but Mother Teresa has the popular vote and “it shall not be taken away from her”.
For a great summary of Mother Teresa’s life, illustrated by some of her best press photos ever, I recommend the New York Times’ timeline.

Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,

The tragedy of not being a saint
By Michael Cook
Mother Teresa made holiness wholly credible
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Mother Teresa: a ‘Saint of Darkness’
By Gëzim Alpion
An Albanian sociologist reflects upon the amazing impact of the little nun in a white sari
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Why don’t you just marry yourself?
By Carolyn Moynihan
Sologamy must be the meanest of modern marriage myths.
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Dating and demographics
By Jon Birger and Laura Perrins
With more women than men in many American colleges, life gets very complicated
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Republican voters are not ‘moving on’ from marriage
By Frank Schubert
Politicians who betray marriage face a swift electoral backlash.
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President Obama’s sex-driven war on science
By Gerard V. Bradley
The well-being of America's youth is being sacrificed on the altar of ideology
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Section 18C is too broad and too vague, and should be repealed
By Lorraine Finlay, Augusto Zimmermann and Joshua Forrester
Australia's Racial Discrimination Act casts too wide a net
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Why has Japan’s massacre of disabled gone unnoticed?
By Rachel Adams
Mass killings in Paris, Nice, Orlando, Kabul and Baghdad draw world-wide attention. Japan's tragedy vanished
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Learning French, with a little help from my friends
By Campbell Markham
Unsuspected resources for mastering a language
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New study finds couples unable to have as many children as they want
By Shannon Roberts
Family planning should not mean family restriction.
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