Hope Endures/Finding Calcutta

The canon of books about Mother Teresa is growing larger and arguably more mature. One stream, stemming from Malcolm Muggeridge’s Something Beauti ful for God, emphasizes her saintliness. Another knocks her off the pedestal many of us have put her on—for example, Christopher Hitchens’s The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, which depicts her as a “fraudulent, fundamentalist fanatic.” More recently, Brian Kolodiejchuk’s Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church, sets a new standard for integrating the good and the bad.


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