Day: May 20, 2009

Making saints, I

The New York Times did a brief photo story on the first eight saints, Sojourner Truth, Bartolome de las Casas, Miriam (Moses’ sister), Origen, Malcolm X, Elizabeth I, Iqbal Masih and Teresa of Avila. People outside church circles are interested in who the church holds up as our guides and examples, and when the list includes unexpected people, the interest grows.

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Age of learning revived

The scholars and teachers Charlemagne brought to Aachen provide some clues about the various locales in which early medieval learning had survived. . . . Charlemagne brought an Anglo-Saxon, Alcuin of York, to Aachen after meeting him in Italy in 781.

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