Mother and the media: the holiness that captivated (most) reporters

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Malcolm Muggeridge's 'Something Beautiful for God' helped bring Mother Teresa to world attentionMalcolm Muggeridge’s ‘Something Beautiful for God’ helped bring Mother Teresa to world attention

[Austen Ivereigh] As the great river of articles and commentary now gushing forth on Mother Teresa in advance of her canonization Sunday shows, perhaps no one in the modern age – with the exception of recent popes – has managed to communicate so much holiness through the window of the television and film screen.

She fast became a legend in her own times – unusual in combining sanctity and celebrity while still alive – in large part because hers was a great media story.

The Associated Press reporter who first made her work known to a western audience knew he had a story after being told by a Calcutta newspaper editor about a “funny little nun who goes around collecting dying people”. Joe McGowan’s March 1966 report on Mother Teresa and the cramped and primitive Home for the Dying Destitutes…

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