Professor Ines Murzaku, professor of ecclesiastical history and founding chair of the Department of Catholic Studies, was featured in a CNN documentary on Mother Teresa, who was canonized and proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday, September 4, 2016.
In the documentary, "Mother Teresa: Road to Sainthood," filmed in part here on campus and in the Immaculate Conception Chapel, Professor Murzaku notes that Mother Teresa's early life in Macedonia as a minority "witnessing first-hand the misery, displacement and what was happening with the shattering of the Ottoman Empire," helped to shape and "prepare her for what she was going to be— as Mother Teresa."
The documentary has been broadcast numerous times by CNN and is available now online:
In addition to her appearance in the documentary on Mother Teresa, Professor Murzaku was also recently featured in an Associated Press "Big Story" which was featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post and other leading newspapers across the United States.
In the article, Professor Murzaku talks about the "imperfection" of Saint Teresa and the message that sends:
But Francis is also sending a more subtle message to the faithful through the canonization of the ethnic Albanian nun: That saints can be imperfect — they can suffer as Mother Teresa did and even feel unloved by God, said Ines Angeli Murzaku, a professor of church history at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and herself a native Albanian.
"That existential periphery which is suffering and being marginalized, he wants to bring that to the attention of the world," she said in a telephone interview. Mother Teresa "is so real. She's not remote. She's not a perfect, perfect saint."
"Mother Teresa: A Saint Despite Spiritual 'Darkness'"
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