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Thu 23rd of November 2017


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Pope Francis adds fourth path to sainthood

· Pope Francis has issued an apostolic letter creating a new category (a fourth one) called an oblatio vitae or a “free offering of one’s life” under which someone could possibly become a saint.


· The category added, as described by the Vatican, involves people who freely accept an imminent death for the good of others.


·         The pathway focuses on people who sacrifice their lives for others.


·         Previously, gaining consideration for sainthood in the Catholic Church took only three routes:


  1. Martyrdom (dying for your faith);
  2. Living a life of heroic, Christian values; or
  3. Having a saintly and devout reputation.

One of the most well-known figures to take one of those paths in recent times was humanitarian Mother Teresa, who was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in 2016.


Prelims Question of the Day

With reference to 'Natural Rate of Unemployment', consider the following statements.

1. It is the level of unemployment in an economy that is just consistent with a stable rate of Inflation.

2. It is the unemployment that prevails when all markets in the economy are in equilibrium.


(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 only

(d)None of the above

Mains Question of the Day

1.GS-No party in power can afford to ignore Directive Principles of State Policy. Comment.(200 Words)

2.Political Science - Explain the role of non state actors, like IMF, World Bank, European Union and MNCs, in modulating and transforming the broad dynamics of international relations. (250 Words).

3.SOCIOLOGY - What is the impact of Globalization on the structure and mobilization of the working class in India? (250 Words).

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