Mother Teresa

Teresa, Mother

Mother Teresa, 1910–97, Roman Catholic missionary in India, winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, b. Skopje (now in Macedonia) as Agnes Goxha Bojaxhiu. Of Albanian parentage, she went to India at 17, becoming a nun and teaching school in Calcutta (now Kolkata). In 1948 she left the convent and founded the Missionaries of Charity, which now operates schools, hospitals, orphanages, and food centers worldwide. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003.

See her writings in In My Own Words (1996, comp. by J. L. González-Balado) and her letters in Come Be My Light (2007, ed. by B. Kolodiejchuk).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Philosophers and Religious Leaders
Christian D. Von Dehsen.
Oryx Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Teresa, Mother" begins on p. 182
Sisters in Arms: Catholic Nuns through Two Millennia
Jo Ann Kay McNamara.
Harvard University Press, 1998
Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture, and the Performance of Grief
Adrian Kear; Deborah Lynn Steinberg.
Routledge, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Celebrity and the Politics of Charity"
Calcutta Poor: Elegies on a City above Pretense
Frederic C. Thomas.
M. E. Sharpe, 1997
Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians
Patrick W. Carey; Joseph T. Lienhard.
Greenwood Press, 2000
No Humanitarian: A Portrait of Mother Teresa
Poplin, Mary.
Commonweal, Vol. 124, No. 22, December 19, 1997
An Interview with Christopher Hitchens on Mother Teresa
Cherry, Matt.
Free Inquiry, Vol. 16, No. 4, Fall 1996
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