- John L. Allen Jr.
- Dec 1, 2017
Because Pope Francis didn’t use the word “Rohingya” in Myanmar, some observers say he “blinked.” In fact, it’s too early to say, because history suggests sometimes public discretion from a pope can buy behind-the-scenes leverage.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, a member of Pope Francis’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers from around the world, said during a thanksgiving Mass for her sainthood on Sunday, “Her life is a testimony of truth and humble service. She chose not to be the last, but the servant of the last.”
During a UN event honoring Mother Teresa, one close friend of the new saint said her genius was in recognizing that “Calcutta is everywhere, in the depths of our hearts, in broken friendships, in disappointed expectations in life.”
Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of Calcutta, was born in Skopje, located in modern-day Macedonia, in 1910. On Sunday, hundreds of Macedonians gathered in the city near the house where she was born to celebrate her canonization by Pope Francis a week ago.
Mother Teresa and Hillary Clinton forged an improbable partnership in the 1990s over a home for children in Washington, D.C., based on the idea that adoption is a better alternative than abortion, and perhaps the Church’s newest saint can push Clinton again on abortion in 2016.
Reading Mother Teresa can be a brutal experience, because when you do, your life has to change. Of all her sayings, perhaps the one with most relevance for Christian life right now is this: “Love is for today; programs are for the future.”