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Mama Antula's Moment? An 18th-Century Feminist May Be The Next Catholic Saint

The Vatican may soon canonize the Mama Antula, an Argentine woman who started a spiritual movement at a time when religious intellectualism was strictly the domain the men.

BUENOS AIRES — The Vatican is studying the canonization of Mama Antula, an 18th century woman from northern Argentina who broke the rules to practice Christian spirituality. At the time, this was understood to be a job for the clergy and for men.

Some see her as an early defender of women's rights — and of the poor — in the Americas. She is also being hailed as the first "feminist" who would become a Catholic saint.

On March 7, Pope Francis declared "the time is very close when she could be a saint." The Pope, himself another Argentine, is an admirer of Mama Antula. When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, he said "this woman is worth gold."

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Live Execution Of Ukrainian Soldier, 343 Migrants In Mexico Truck, Smiling Sphinx

👋 Akkam!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Kyiv demands answers about a video that appears to show a captured Ukrainian soldier shot in cold blood, hundreds of migrants are found in an abandoned truck in Mexico and archaeologists unearth an ancient sphinx with an enigmatic smile. Meanwhile, Argentine daily Clarín takes us on a modern van-life Odyssey that’s reached the 20-year mark.

[*Oromo, Ethiopia]

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

-Analysis-

BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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Germany OKs Tanks For Ukraine, Peru Protests Reignite, 90 Seconds To Armageddon

👋 Yumalundi!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where Germany finally confirms it will be sending combat tanks to Ukraine, North Korea orders a five-day lockdown in Pyongyang over an “unspecified respiratory illness,” and Justin Bieber sells his music rights for a hefty sum. Meanwhile, we look at why the MeToo movement has repeatedly failed to take off in Italy.

[*Ngunnawal, New South Wales and ACT, Australia]

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Emma Albright & Inès Mermat

Ardern Resigns, Chopper Crash Probe, French Strikes

👋 नमस्कार*

Welcome to Thursday, where New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces her surprise resignation, a probe is opened into the helicopter crash that killed Ukraine’s interior minister and French workers go on a nationwide strike. Meanwhile, feminist digital media outlet LatFem reports on a women-led agricultural program that offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods in southern Ecuador.

[*Namaskār - Marathi, India]

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Renate Mattar & Ginevra Falciani

Russia’s New Commander, More Classified Biden Files, Musk Record Loss

👋 Selamat pagi!*

Welcome to Thursday, where U.S. President Joe Biden aides find a second cache of classified files, Russia appoints a new commander in yet another military reshuffle, and Elon Musk really is a big loser. Meanwhile, speculation is rising that Brazil's former president Jair Bolsonaro and his family may take refuge in Italy, where they could qualify for citizenship.

[*Indonesian]

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Emma Albright & Ginevra Falciani,

Russians Take Soledar, Brazil Crackdown, California Floods

👋 မင်္ဂလာပါ*

Welcome to Wednesday, where Russian forces claim control of Soledar, Brazil’s Supreme Court orders the arrest of two top security officials and a new “optimistic” planet has been discovered. Meanwhile, Nike Heinen in German daily Die Welt worries about the danger posed by China’s secrecy surrounding its COVID-19 situation.

[*Mingalaba - Burmese, Myanmar]

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Renate Mattar, Emma Albright, Hugo Perrin and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Zelensky’s Whirlwind Trip, Netanyahu’s New Government, Spain’s Hottest Year

👋 Manao ahoana!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky concludes a historic visit to Washington, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu forms a new government after weeks of negotiations with far-right partners, and 2022 was más caliente in Spain. Meanwhile, we look at Donald Trump’s current legal woes and how they look in countries where recent presidents have been prosecuted.

[*Malagasy, Madagascar]

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Renate Mattar, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Hugo Perrin

Xi-Putin Alliance, Record UK Nurses Strikes, No More Cape For Cavill

👋 Aloha!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Chinese leader Xi Jinping is reportedly quietly strengthening ties with Russia, Peru declares a nationwide state of emergency and Henry Cavill will pass on the Superman mantle. Meanwhile, growing signs that it’s only a matter of time before Belarus joins Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.

[*Hawaiian]

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Bertrand Hauger, Laure Gautherin, Emma Albright and Hugo Perrin

FTX Founder Arrested, EU Offices Searched, Fusion Breakthrough

👋 Yáʼátʼééh!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where disgraced crypto entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried is arrested in the Bahamas, the EU parliament faces its worst corruption scandal in decades, and U.S. scientists are expected to announce a nuclear fusion breakthrough with huge clean energy implications. Meanwhile, Warsaw-based daily Gazeta Wyborcza unpacks the new law that sees Poland try to slap blasphemers with jail time.

[*Navajo]

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Anne-Sophie Goninet, Emma Albright and Bertrand Hauger

Second Iran Execution, EU-Qatar Bribery Arrests, Orion’s Splashdown

👋 Сайн уу*

Welcome to Monday, where Iran carries out a second execution over anti-government protests, EU officials are arrested in a major Qatar bribery probe, and Orion is back from its Moon trip. Meanwhile, Shuhua Zheng in Chinese-language media The Initium reports on the dire conditions and stereotypes surrounding Hong Kong’s male sex workers, a.k.a. “brother boys.”

[*Sain uu - Mongolian]

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Emma Albright, Hugo Perrin and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Iran Executes Protester, Peru President Ousted, Most Googled Word

👋 སྐུ་གཟུགས་བཟང་པོ།*

Welcome to Thursday, where Peru gets its first female president after Pedro Castillo is impeached and arrested, the trial of Germany's biggest fraud case opens and we know Google’s most-searched item of the year. Meanwhile, Persian-language media Kayhan-London looks at the prosecutions of demonstrators in Iran, just as the government announces the first publicly known execution related to the ongoing protests.

[*Kuzu zangpo la, Dzongkha - Bhutan]

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