28 January 2016

Throwback Thursday: Two saints?

Less than a week after 36-year-old Diana Princess of Wales died in a terrible car crash in the middle of the night in Paris as her drunk chauffeur evaded paparazzi to whisk her and her boyfriend off for more privacy, Mother Teresa passed away at the age of 87. Diana's funeral was held the next day amidst international mourning in front of a television audience of millions. A week later, Mother Teresa's adopted country of India held a state funeral for her in honor of her tremendous humanitarian work as the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, to which thousands of religious sisters belong. While the entire world had termed Diana a saint for both her charitable works and her longsuffering often unhappy life, Mother Teresa is on the path to being officially recognized as a saint. She was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church in 2003 and is now called Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

I deeply mourned both women, and I know that they admired each other, as evidenced by this photo taken just months before they died.

JAPAN: State visit to The Philippines

The chief members of the Japanese Imperial Family were on hand Tuesday to bid bon voyage to the Emperor and his 82-year-old Empress Michiko as they departed for an official visit to The Philippines, where they will be until Jan. 30.

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