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Mother Teresa as a psalm

(RNS) On September 5, 1997, the world mourned when Mother Teresa, whose work with the poorest of the poor made her a global icon, died of a heart ailment at age 87. Five years later, the world did a double take, when a volume of Teresa's private letters revealed that the tireless, smiling nun spent the last 39 years of her life in internal agony. By David Van Biema.

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Museum of Biblical Art raises its profile amid array of challenges

NEW YORK (RNS) The tiny yet sophisticated Museum of Biblical Art is losing its director, much of its financial lifeline within three years and could lose its home near Lincoln Center. That triple whammy complicates the trustees' task of preserving a vision that didn't exist 20 years ago, but that now seems indispensable. By David Van Biema.