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World Stories: In the Sandals of a Saint
First broadcast July 2005
BBC World Service regional journalists travel the globe to uncover stories that are not always top of the agenda in this year's series of World Stories.

Irena Luto of the BBC's Albanian Service follows in the footsteps of Mother Teresa and explores the relationship between the saint and the city of Calcutta, in the fourth World Story.

In the Sandals of a Saint

'Mother Teresa' and Calcutta seem to belong together.

In fact they were brought together in the mind of the Western world in a 1960's film called 'Something beautiful for God' made by one Malcolm Muggeridge.

It was here that the term 'Mother Teresa of Calcutta' was born.

But what do present day people of Calcutta think of Mother Teresa? Is the city still a place that needs rescuing by a Catholic nun?

A specific image of this woman and this city was built up by Western film- makers and journalists over a period of 30 years.

And then came the professional debunkers, the critics and the cynics.

But for fellow Albanians Mother Teresa has always been their own national heroine, the best-known Albanian on the planet.

Eight years after the Catholic Sister's death, but with the city very much alive and thriving, fellow Albanian Irena Luto goes in search of the real mother and the real city.


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