We follow the daily activities of Mother Teresa and her nuns, in service to the poor of India and the world. Mother Teresa attends to the basic needs of her nuns and the poor, while at the same time, balances her role as world-recognized leader. Throughout the film, we witness personal and "behind-the-scenes" events, including the blessing ceremony of a nun becoming part of Mother Teresa's "Sisters of the Poor" convent.
This documentary film chases the daily activity of the 'Missionaries for Charity', which she started in Calcutta, India. A debilitated man who is on a dirty road of Calcutta is picked up to a stretcher, and is carried by an ambulance to the house of the 'Missionaries for Charity'.
There are many simple beds, and sisters in white sari are taking care of the people. Then the old Mother Teresa, with a slight stoop appears. She busily gives orders to the sisters, and she herself changes the diaper of a debilitated boy and wipes his ass. She boards an international flight in the same attire to found their operations over the world.
In the same attire she appears at the award ceremony of the Nobel Prize; meets world leaders; and makes humorous speeches at an American university. So, how good is the film as a film? This film chases Mother a place after a place. What makes it different from other documentaries? One thing is that from the fact the best scenes are well chosen, I can say they chased Mother so long. But more important is the freshness and strength of the message embedded in the activities themselves of the Mother and her coworkers.
When they opened a new activity in the US, the sponsor of the premises had carpeted the floors. But the Mother and her coworkers removed all of them, saying it is luxury. The carpet will not be an obstacle to take care of people. But, the narration says 'we have decided to do this way'. They simply say they have decided to nothing but to love poor people.
I am sure I could receive the message. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Teresa travelled to assist the hungry in Ethiopia, radiation victims at Chernobyl and earthquake victims in Armenia. By , Teresa operated missions in over countries.
The first Missionaries of Charity home in the United States was established in the South Bronx area of New York City , and by the congregation operated 19 establishments throughout the country. Following a second attack in , she received an artificial pacemaker.
In , after a bout of pneumonia in Mexico, she had additional heart problems. Although Teresa offered to resign as head of the Missionaries of Charity, in a secret ballot the sisters of the congregation voted for her to stay and she agreed to continue. In April she fell, breaking her collarbone , and four months later she had malaria and heart failure. Although Teresa had heart surgery , her health was clearly declining. According to Archbishop of Calcutta Henry Sebastian D'Souza , he ordered a priest to perform an exorcism with her permission when she was first hospitalised with cardiac problems because he thought she might be under attack by the devil.
On 13 March Teresa resigned as head of the Missionaries of Charity, and she died on 5 September. The Missionaries of Charity were aided by co-workers numbering over one million by the s. Teresa lay in repose in St Thomas, Calcutta, for a week before her funeral. She received a state funeral from the Indian government in gratitude for her service to the poor of all religions in the country. Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif called her "a rare and unique individual who lived long for higher purposes. Her life-long devotion to the care of the poor, the sick, and the disadvantaged was one of the highest examples of service to our humanity.
She is peace in the world. Teresa was first recognised by the Indian government more than a third of a century earlier, receiving the Padma Shri in and the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in President Pratibha Patil said, "Clad in a white sari with a blue border, she and the sisters of Missionaries of Charity became a symbol of hope to many — the aged, the destitute, the unemployed, the diseased, the terminally ill, and those abandoned by their families. Indian views of Teresa are not uniformly favourable. Aroup Chatterjee , a physician born and raised in Calcutta who was an activist in the city's slums for years around before moving to the UK, said that he "never even saw any nuns in those slums".
Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya , mayor of Kolkata from to , said that "she had no significant impact on the poor of this city", glorified illness instead of treating it and misrepresented the city: Secretary Giriraj Kishore said that "her first duty was to the Church and social service was incidental", accusing her of favouring Christians and conducting "secret baptisms" of the dying. Praising her "selfless caring", energy and bravery, the author of the tribute criticised Teresa's public campaign against abortion and her claim to be non-political.
In February Mohan Bhagwat , leader of the Hindu right-wing organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh , said that Teresa's objective was "to convert the person, who was being served, into a Christian".
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Vaidhya supported Bhagwat's assessment, and the organisation accused the media of "distorting facts about Bhagwat's remarks". According to its citation, "The Board of Trustees recognises her merciful cognisance of the abject poor of a foreign land, in whose service she has led a new congregation". Teresa's fame may be partially attributed to Malcolm Muggeridge 's documentary, Something Beautiful for God , and his book of the same name. Muggeridge was undergoing a spiritual journey of his own at the time. In England, the footage was found to be extremely well-lit and Muggeridge called it a miracle of "divine light" from Teresa.
Around this time, the Catholic world began to honour Teresa publicly. She was honoured by governments and civilian organisations, and appointed an honorary Companion of the Order of Australia in "for service to the community of Australia and humanity at large". Teresa was criticised for implicitly supporting the Duvaliers and corrupt businessmen such as Charles Keating and Robert Maxwell ; she wrote to the judge of Keating's trial, requesting clemency. Universities in India and the West granted her honorary degrees. In , Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace".
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When Teresa received the prize she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace? When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread, I have satisfied. I have removed that hunger. But a person that is shut out, that feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person that has been thrown out from society—that poverty is so hurtable [ sic ] and so much, and I find that very difficult.
Because if a mother can kill her own child—what is left for me to kill you and you kill me—there is nothing between. Barbara Smoker of the secular humanist magazine The Freethinker criticised Teresa after the Peace Prize award, saying that her promotion of Catholic moral teachings on abortion and contraception diverted funds from effective methods to solve India's problems. During her lifetime Teresa was among the top 10 women in the annual Gallup's most admired man and woman poll 18 times, finishing first several times in the s and s.
One of Teresa's most outspoken critics was English journalist, literary critic and antitheist Christopher Hitchens , host of the documentary Hell's Angel and author of the essay The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice who wrote in a article: She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction. She said, 'I'm not a social worker.
I don't do it for this reason. I do it for Christ.
I do it for the church. Abortion-rights groups have also criticised Teresa's stance against abortion and contraception. Where is my faith? If there be God—please forgive me. When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven, there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul. Kolodiejchuk the official responsible for gathering evidence for her canonisation thought that her unhappiness might be misinterpreted by some, but her faith that God was working through her was undiminished; although she pined for lost closeness to God, she did not question his existence.
After ten years of doubt, Teresa described a brief period of renewed faith. After Pope Pius XII 's death in , while she prayed for him at a requiem mass, she was relieved of "the long darkness: Teresa wrote many letters to her confessors and superiors over a year period, most notably to Calcutta Archbishop Ferdinand Perier and Jesuit priest Celeste van Exem her spiritual advisor since the formation of the Missionaries of Charity.
However, the correspondence has been compiled in Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light. I want you to pray for me—that I let Him have [a] free hand. In Deus caritas est his first encyclical , Pope Benedict XVI mentioned Teresa three times and used her life to clarify one of the encyclical's main points: Although her order was not connected with the Franciscan orders, Teresa admired Francis of Assisi  and was influenced by Franciscan spirituality. The Sisters of Charity recite the prayer of Saint Francis every morning at mass during the thanksgiving after Communion , and their emphasis on ministry and many of their vows are similar.
He devoted much of his life to serving the poor, particularly lepers. After Teresa's death in , the Holy See began the process of beatification the third step towards canonisation and Kolodiejchuk was appointed postulator by the Diocese of Calcutta. Although he said, "We didn't have to prove that she was perfect or never made a mistake Kolodiejchuk submitted 76 documents, totalling 35, pages, which were based on interviews with witnesses who were asked to answer questions.
The process of canonisation requires the documentation of a miracle resulting from the intercession of the prospective saint.
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According to Besra, a beam of light emanated from the picture and her cancerous tumour was cured; however, her husband and some of her medical staff said that conventional medical treatment eradicated the tumour. Ranjan Mustafi, who told the New York Times he had treated Besra, said that the cyst was caused by tuberculosis: She took medicines for nine months to one year.
This miracle is a hoax. According to Time , calls to Sister Betta and the office of Sister Nirmala Teresa's successor as head of the order elicited no comment. Officials at Balurghat Hospital, where Besra sought medical treatment, said that they were pressured by the order to call her cure miraculous. According to De, there was nothing unusual about her illness and cure based on her lengthy treatment. He said that he had refused to give the Vatican the name of a doctor who would certify that Monica Besra's healing was a miracle.
During Teresa's beatification and canonisation, the Roman Curia the Vatican studied published and unpublished criticism of her life and work. Hitchens and Chatterjee author of The Final Verdict , a book critical of Teresa spoke to the tribunal; according to Vatican officials, the allegations raised were investigated by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. A subsequent investigation took place in Brazil from 19—26 June which was later transferred to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints who issued a decree recognizing the investigation to be completed.
The members of the Congregation themselves met and approved the findings of the two previous boards on 15 December which allowed for them to pass on their findings to the pope two days later for his approval which he subsequently granted. Francis canonised her at a ceremony on 4 September in St.
Peter's Square in Vatican City. Tens of thousands of people witnessed the ceremony, including 15 government delegations and 1, homeless people from across Italy. The Roman Catholic Church declared St.
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Francis Xavier the first patron saint of Calcutta in Teresa has been commemorated by museums and named the patroness of a number of churches. She has had buildings, roads and complexes named after her, including Albania's international airport. The Roman Catholic cathedral in Pristina , Kosovo, is named in her honour. Mother Teresa Women's University ,  in Kodaikanal , was established in as a public university by the government of Tamil Nadu.
The charitable organisation Sevalaya runs the Mother Teresa Girls Home , providing poor and orphaned girls near the underserved village of Kasuva in Tamil Nadu with free food, clothing, shelter and education. On September 5, , St. Teresa Cathedral, the first Roman Catholic cathedral named in Teresa's honor, was consecrated in Kosovo. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Catholic nun and saint. For other uses, see Mother Teresa disambiguation.
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