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Chris Diver, News Editor

Mother Teresa Declared Saint by Pope

On Sunday September 4th, Pope Francis held mass, and during the mass he officially declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta to be Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who is best known for her endless charity work around the world. After her death in 1997, Saint Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003, and after 13 years she was officially canonized. The announcement of Mother Teresa’s canonization first came last December after the Pope declared a man with multiple brain tumors asked for divine intervention through Teresa and experienced a miracle. During the mass, Pope Francis stated, “after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint, and we enrolled her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole church. Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded,”

During her life, Saint Teresa was known for founding the religious organization Missionaries of Charity in Teresa. She worked with the sick, poor and uneducated in Calcutta as well as other parts of the Middle East and Eastern Europe. As a result of her work, she was awarded the Presidential medal of freedom by Ronald Reagan and most famously the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize where she famously donated the money that would’ve been spent on an award banquet to charity. In 2013, on the 16th anniversary of her death, the United Nations declared September 5th to be the International Day of Charity in memory of Saint Teresa.

 

Conservative Activist Phyllis Schlafly dies at 92

On September 5th, conservative writer, activist and icon Phyllis Schlafly died at the age of 92. During her life, Mrs. Schlafly had a successful career as a writer publishing 24 books on a range of topics such as conservatism, feminism and communism. Schlafly is probably best known for her activism in defeating the Equal Rights Amendment and for founding the conservative activist group The Eagle Forum. Both of these events made her a conservative icon during her lifetime.

Until her death, Mrs. Schlafly remained in the political spotlight frequently commenting on the conservative movement in the United States. She was even involved in the 2016 election where she endorsed Donald Trump for President in March 2016.

 

House Oversight Chairman Asks To Reopen Clinton Investigation

On Tuesday, September 6th, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz requested to the Justice Department and the FBI to reopen the investigation regarding the deleted emails of Hillary Clinton. In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI director James Comey, Chaffetz asked for the two groups to investigate if Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statutes that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation. After this request was made, neither the FBI or the Justice Department have commented on the letter. Neither Clinton or Trump’s campaign teams have commented on this request either.

This request from Chaffetz comes after The FBI released their report on their investigation of Clinton’s emails on September 2nd. After the reports were released Clinton’s campaign manager Brian Fallon said, “While her use of a single email account was clearly a mistake and she has taken responsibility for it, these materials make clear why the Justice Department believed there was no basis to move forward with this case.” From Trump’s campaign Trump said “Hillary Clinton’s answers to the FBI about her private email server defy belief. I was absolutely shocked to see that her answers to the FBI stood in direct contradiction to what she told the American people. After reading these documents, I really don’t understand how she was able to get away from prosecution.”