Mother Teresa: Saint or Celebrity by Gezim Alpion

By Gezim Alpion

Mom Teresa used to be probably the most written approximately and publicised ladies in glossy times. Apart from Pope John Paul II, she used to be arguably the main marketed spiritual megastar within the final area of the 20 th century. in the course of her lifetime in addition to posthumously, mom Teresa keeps to generate a massive point of curiosity and heated debate. G?zim Alpion explores the importance of mom Teresa to the mass media, to big name culture, to the Church and to numerous political teams. a bit explores the methods diverse vested pursuits have sought to suitable her after her loss of life, and in addition examines mom Teresa's personal angle to her youth and to the Balkan conflicts within the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties. This publication sheds a brand new and engaging gentle upon this amazing and influential girl, so as to intrigue fans of mom Teresa and people who learn the vagaries of stardom and famous person tradition.

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42 India may indeed be the world’s most populous and dynamic democracy, but Indian society, it seems, is still riddled with censorship. Mother Teresa’s popularity in India and the reluctance of some Indian officials to tolerate any public criticism of her can also be explained by the fact that this country treats its celebrities like deities. The Indians tend to venerate especially their fellow citizens who receive their ‘laurels’ or some degree of acknowledgement in the West. In India, home-grown international celebrities from the world of politics, cinema, business and, in 22 Mother Teresa and celebrity culture the case of Mother Teresa, religion, seem to be beyond reproach.

Mother Teresa did not disagree. As I spent the evening talking to her workers at the Nirmal Hriday home – Mother Teresa had wisely advised me to become familiar with her work before the interview – I could not help dwelling on what she had told me. It would be central to our discourse on television, for I realised that it revealed her and her mission, as well as her relationship with Calcutta, in an altogether new light. So did Mother Teresa. Doordarshan telephoned early next morning to say that she had called to tell them that she would not be interviewed by me.

In the summer of 2003 an unholy war broke out between the Albanians and the Macedonian Slavs over the filiation of a sainted woman. The decision of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia to erect a monument dedicated to Mother Teresa, not very far from the centre of Rome, aroused the Albanians’ suspicion and jealousy. This was not the first time that the Albanians felt they were being robbed of ‘their’ Mother Teresa; some of their neighbours had apparently tried to appropriate her almost immediately after the Albanian Catholic nun was discovered by the BBC’s Malcolm Muggeridge in 1968.

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