Brian Bethune

Maclean's Senior writer

Brian Bethune writes about ideas, books and the book trade, and religion, but what really interests him is why people believe what they believe.

A Missionaries of Charity nun holds a photo of Mother Teresa in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during a jubilee audience for workers and volunteers of mercy led by Pope Francis, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. The square hosts a ceremony Sunday expected to draw hundreds of thousands of admirers of Mother Teresa, a nun who before her death in 1997, cared for the destitute who were dying in the streets of India. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)