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Perspectives

"I woke up and ... I thought I was in an oven." Brooklyn, N.Y., resident Bert Penalver, 16, on the heat wave that has swept the nation. Temperatures reached 102 in New York City."Our relations are definitely much more important than potatoes.

Final Bows

The songwriter Alec Wilder once said Lee had a voice like a streetwalker you'd pass by--but if you stopped, you'd never leave. "Now, I don't exactly think of myself as a streetwalker," Lee said, "but I think I know what he means." That was the secret: underneath the cool, dry tone and the swinging delivery, you knew damn well what she meant.

Opus Dei In The Open

Many of the greatest Roman Catholic saints--Dominic, Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola--were also founders of great religious orders. To this August list Pope John Paul II will add the name of Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the Spanish founder of Opus Dei.

Mail Call

Our Aug. 9 report on Colombia's overlooked war and its humanitarian crisis touched many readers. "Congratulations on an excellent article," praised one; another took the U.S. media to task for "focusing exclusively on the narco-traffic issue." But most readers offered their own views on how to help Colombia: "develop the country and remove poverty," advised one. "Guerrillas don't survive because of cocaine," concluded another, "but because of horrific inequalities in society."Colombia's...

How About Another Bay Of Pigs?

A DEFIANT DICTATORSHIP TYRANNIZES an island nation not far from the shores of the United States. How do you get rid of it? Here's one bright idea that has been making the rounds in Washington: recruit some exiles from the island, arm and train them, and then send them back to conquer their homeland.

A Coming-Out Party In Rome

At a televised ceremony in St. Peter's Square this Sunday, Pope John Paul II will beatify Josephine Bakhita, an African slave who became a holy nun. But who will notice?

Saint Questions

NEWSWEEK has learned that the Vatican, in an unusual move, is launching a major leak investigation of its saint-making body, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Saint Questions

NEWSWEEK has learned that the Vatican, in an unusual move, is launching a major leak investigation of its saint-making body, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

A Questionable Saint

To his followers, his life was shaped by God, his every pronouncement a source of divinely revealed instruction. To his critics, he was a proud, ill-tempered spiritual elitist who privately sneered at popes and encouraged a posthumous cult to himself.

Points Of Light

The Dominican Republic may be suffering its worst fiscal crisis in years. But that hasn't stopped President Joaquin Balaguer from pushing ahead with a $40 million lighthouse in Santo Domingo to commemorate Christopher Columbus's discovery of Hispaniola Island. Shaped like a cross, the concrete structure will house five international museums and a library. Its 350,000-watt lighting system already glows all night while much of the rest of the city is left in the dark.

Saint Isabella? Not So Fast

Although Pope John Paul II is a theological conservative, he has in the last few weeks secretly halted the canonization processes for two potential saints dear to the church's right wing.

Making Saints

On the morning of Aug. 1, 1987, the small lobby of the Hotel Gulich in Cologne, West Germany, was filled with Jews. They were members of a clan, about two dozen in all, whose German ancestors had been scattered by Hitler's pogroms to the United States, South America and Canada.