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Mother Teresa and Jean Vanier on their humanitarian work

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Two humanitarians are the focus of this episode of CBC Television's Man Alive: Mother Teresa and Jean Vanier. She is the founder of the Calcutta home for the dying and the destitute, under the Missionaries of Charity, and he founded L'Arche, a home in France for mentally retarded adults. In 1972, the CBC's Patrick Watson interviews them about their belief that for human beings, love is as necessary as food. They further discuss compassion, doubt, and happiness. When Watson raises the issue of their saintliness, Mother Teresa says: "What we are in the eyes of God is what matters... preferably I would rather be with the lepers and the dying... this is a real sacrifice."

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: Man Alive
Broadcast Date: Jan. 10 1972
Host: Roy Bonisteel
Interviewer: Patrick Watson
Guests: Mother Teresa, Jean Vanier
Duration: 22:31
Note: this clip was edited for rights purposes

Did You know?


• Mother Teresa was born Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents in what is now Macedonia on Aug. 26, 1910. She died Sept. 5, 1997 in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), India. She was beatified in 2003, and on Mar. 15, 2016 it was announced by Pope Francis that she would be canonized on Sept. 4, 2016.

• Jean Vanier was born in Geneva, Switzerland on Sept. 28, 1928. He established the first L'Arche (a home for handicapped men) in Trosly-Breuil, France, in 1964. Learn more about L'Arche in this CBC Television clip.

• Mother Teresa was the first person to be awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities in 1973. The prize was awarded to Jean Vanier in 2015.


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