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Mother Teresa, about to be named a saint, felt terrible pain ‘of God not wanting me’ by Fr. James Martin, SJ: “For decades, then, Mother Teresa remained faithful to her original call. Unlike almost any other saint, she carried out her ministry without the benefit of a warm and sustaining prayer life. This makes her already remarkable ministry among the poor even more extraordinary. She did it, as it were, on an empty tank of gas, running on the fumes of her earlier mystical experience. It was an extraordinary act of fidelity, unparalleled as far as I know in the lives of the saints. For this reason alone I consider her the greatest saint of our time.”

War of the Worms by Perri Klass: “Hotez says it’s entirely realistic to talk about eradicating the seven most common neglected tropical diseases, including hookworm, river blindness, and elephantiasis, by 2020, and the Global Network has launched its End7 campaign, in partnership with the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as vaccine researchers and pharmaceutical companies, to do so. These are all treatable, curable diseases—diseases that people live with and could as easily live without.”

Pope Francis wants the ‘great mystic’ Gaudi to become a saint by Elise Harris: “On Wednesday Pope Francis met with members of the organization in charge of promoting the cause for canonization of Antoni Gaudi, known as “God’s architect,” telling them that he hopes the cause moves forward quickly.”

Bashar al-Assad’s crimes against humanity, caught on camera by The Economist: “The pictures show that thousands of prisoners died of fatal neglect, vicious abuse or straightforward murder by beatings or gunshots. Some images reveal groups of naked, emaciated bodies, each tagged with numbers, splayed on the dirt floor of a hospital garage.”

20 stunning portraits from the ‘Humans of New York’ photographer’s interviews with Syrian refugees by Sarah Jacobs: “Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind “Humans of New York,” recently traveled to Jordan and Turkey to talk to 12 different Syrian refugee families preparing to embark to the United States. Stanton met them at a highly emotional moment, at the end of an intense screening process that lasted multiple years. Stanton has told their stories in the classic “HONY” style: kids’ comical quips mixed in with more serious anecdotes about what life has been like for these refugee families.”

How a Family Allowance Could End Poverty by Peter-Christian Aigner: “Any version of the program would go a long way toward helping America’s poor. In 2011, Steven Pressman estimated that a $4,000 family allowance, distributed to the parents of 40 million American children, would reduce child poverty to the level of other developed nations and save the United States $250 billion a year.”

These Are The Most Powerful Photographs Of The Syrian Refugee Crisis In 2015 by Lynzy Billing: “With the Syrian conflict showing no sign of ending, we look back on the risky journeys men and women fleeing the country have taken this year.”

Religious Politics and President Obama: 11 Questions for Michael Wear by Sean Salai SJ: “Pope Francis is helping orthodox Christians in the West imagine what it might mean to believe in orthodox teaching, and yet still thrive in the public square. It won’t be easy. People will try to manipulate us. But the Christian message is relevant for all times, and Pope Francis is helping us put a finger on the spiritual and evangelistic opportunities of our time. So I would humbly encourage the Pope as he continues to assert himself in public. This is not a time for Christian withdrawal. This is a time for a joyful confidence in the public square.”