From a Religion News Service interview with Thomas Blackshere:
Colorado Springs artist Thomas Blackshear, who typically specializes in African-American themed art, was commissioned to paint the image for the Mother Teresa commemorative stamp.
Q: How do you portray Mother Teresa, the larger-than-life Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian, in a tiny postage stamp?
A: Itâ€™s all about finding the right graphic image. The postal service decided to go with a smiling image that has been seen everywhere. This portrays her as a happy person who loved life.
Q: How was the image chosen and created?
A: The postal service sent me a number of photos, and I created pencil drawings based on three of these photos. One drawing showed her as somewhat somber. Another one was more pensive. After the smiling image was chosen, I created the final 5×7 image by using water colors. I kept building up the layers over three or four days until I got the look I wanted.
Forum Communications’ correspondent Teri Finneman looks at the question of the government’s role in policing the church. She writes:
“This weekâ€™s Ask Your Government question comes from a reader in the northeastern part of the state. Hereâ€™s what she asked:
“‘Can the government step in and do an investigation into the Catholic Church clergy abuse of children and women instead of the Catholic Church policing itself? Even in rural North Dakota, we arenâ€™t exempt from this problem of clergy abuse. Iâ€™d like to know what the government has to say.’
“…Â North Dakota Stateâ€™s Attorneys Association Executive Director Aaron Birst said…”
"A divided U.S. Supreme Court … ruled, 5-4, that a public law school can deny recognition to a student group that excludes gays and lesbians. The Court said the school could enforce a policy requiring official student organizations to accept all students who want to join," according to the Pew Research website.
"About 1,600 North Dakota teenagers had abortions in the state during a 10-year period ending in 2008," Forum Communications’ Teri Finneman reports. "The state Health Department data surprised some lawmakers during the interim Health and Human Services Committee meeting this week."