15 March 2016

Pope says Mother Teresa to be made a saint on Sept. 4

In this Sunday, June 29, 1997 filer, of Pope John Paul II greets Mother Teresa of Calcutta as they meet in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4 2016. Pope Francis set the canonization date on Tuesday March 15, 2016, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church's merciful side.
Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4.

Pope Francis set the canonization date Tuesday, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church's merciful side.

The announcement was expected after Francis in December approved a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa's intercession — the final hurdle to make her a saint. The actual date falls on the eve of the 19th anniversary of her death.

Booker Prize winning novelist Anita Brookner dies at 87

This is a Oct. 18, 1984 file photo of Booker prize-winning author and art historian Anita Brookner, who has died aged 87. A death notice in the Tuesday March 15, 2016 edition of The Times newspaper said that Brookner died peacefully in her sleep last Thursday . Brookner began her career as an art historian and wrote on that subject before turning to fiction, publishing her first novel in her 50s. Brookner wrote some 25 books and won the Booker Prize in 1984 for her novel “Hotel Du Lac.”
Anita Brookner, a Booker Prize-winning novelist who explored the emotional undercurrents of quiet lives, has died at 87.

A death notice in Tuesday's edition of The Times newspaper said Brookner died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday.

Born in London in 1928, the only child of Polish Jewish parents, Brookner began her career as an art historian — specializing in French art — and was the first woman to be named Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University.

Pope says Mother Teresa to be made a saint on Sept. 4

In this Sunday, June 29, 1997 filer, of Pope John Paul II greets Mother Teresa of Calcutta as they meet in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4 2016. Pope Francis set the canonization date on Tuesday March 15, 2016, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church's merciful side.
Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4.

Pope Francis set the canonization date Tuesday, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church's merciful side.

The announcement was expected after Francis in December approved a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa's intercession — the final hurdle to make her a saint. The actual date falls on the eve of the 19th anniversary of her death.

British mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles gets Abel math prize

British mathematician Sir Andrew J. Wiles has won the Abel Prize in math for cracking a centuries-old hypothesis.

Norway's Academy of Science and Letters said Tuesday he was given the annual award "for his stunning proof of (French mathematician Pierre de) Fermat's Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semi-stable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory."

It said in 1994, the 62-year-old cracked the theorem, which was "the most famous, and long-running, unsolved problem in the subject's history." It was first conjectured by de Fermat in 1637.

Wiles, who has honorary degrees from a string of British and American universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia and Yale, will receive the 6 million kroner ($710,000) award at a ceremony on May 24 in Oslo. 

(AP)

European, Russian space agencies launch mission to Mars

The Proton-M rocket booster blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, March 14, 2016. Europe and Russia launched a joint mission Monday to explore the atmosphere of Mars and hunt for signs of life on the red planet. The unmanned ExoMars probe, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and Roscosmos, took off aboard a Russian rocket and is expected to reach Mars in October.
Europe and Russia launched a joint mission Monday to explore the atmosphere of Mars and hunt for signs of life on the red planet.

The unmanned ExoMars probe— a collaboration between the European Space Agency and Roscosmos — took off from a base in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian rocket.