Feature

Mel Gibson inspiration beatified

The week's news at a glance.

Rome

The pope this week beatified a 19th-century nun who had detailed visions of Jews and Romans beating and denigrating Christ in his final hours. The writings of Sister Anna Katharina Emmerick helped inspire Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. Also beatified was Austria-Hungary’s last emperor, Charles I, who, the pope said, “worked for peace.” Modern Austrian newspapers criticized that choice, noting that Charles’ troops used poison gas in World War I, and that the only miracle attributed to the king was the healing of a woman’s varicose veins. Beatification is a key step on the way to sainthood.

Recommended

10 things you need to know today: October 26, 2021
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: October 26, 2021

Princess Mako leaves Japan's royal family to marry college boyfriend
Kei Komuro and Princess Mako.
listen to your heart

Princess Mako leaves Japan's royal family to marry college boyfriend

10 things you need to know today: October 25, 2021
A Sudanese protester
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: October 25, 2021

John Oliver explains America's 'deeply weird' strategic ambiguity about Taiwan
John Oliver
Johnsplaining

John Oliver explains America's 'deeply weird' strategic ambiguity about Taiwan

Most Popular

5 toons about Bannon's contempt of Congress charge
Political Cartoon.
Feature

5 toons about Bannon's contempt of Congress charge

The 'Trump app' will be the insurrection on steroids
Donald Trump.
Picture of Damon LinkerDamon Linker

The 'Trump app' will be the insurrection on steroids

Day traders and Reddit loving Trump-tied SPAC
Donald Trump.
SPAC attack

Day traders and Reddit loving Trump-tied SPAC