Mother Teresa, the sixty-nine year old Roman Catholic nun who has dedicated her life to caring for the poor and afflicted of India's teeming slums, was awarded the Nobel peace Prize on Wednesday (17 October).
CU Nobel Committee Chairman John Sanness making announcement in English
1971: LV AND SV Mother Teresa and Senator Edward Kennedy and party walking through refugee camp near Calcutta (2 shots)
CU Boy standing in rain in refugee camp; SV and LV tents in camp (3 shots)
1973 London UK: TV INT Prince Philip hands Templeton Award to Mother Teresa; GV Audience applauds (2 shots)
CU Mother Teresa speaking in English
SV AND CU Mother Teresa laying flowers at shrine in Missionaries of Charity headquarters Calcutta (2 shots)
SANNESS: "The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1979 to Mother Teresa left her teaching post at a Roman Catholic girls' school in Calcutta, in order to devote her life to working among the poorest of the poor, in the slums of that city. The Roman Catholic order of which she is now the head has, in recent years, extended its activities to include a number of other Indian cities, and other parts of the world. In making the award the Norwegian Nobel committee has expressed its recognition of Mother Teresa's work in bringing help to suffering humanity."
TERESA: "In giving this award to me, actually it is given to the people, to all those who share with me around the world in the work of love, in spreading God's love amongst men. Actually we are touching His body. It is the hungry Christ we are feeding. It is the naked Christ that we are clothing. It is the homeless Christ that we are giving shelter."
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Background: Mother Teresa, the sixty-nine year old Roman Catholic nun who has dedicated her life to caring for the poor and afflicted of India's teeming slums, was awarded the Nobel peace Prize on Wednesday (17 October). Nobel Committee Chairman Johu Sanness, on making the award, said of Mother Teresa that the loneliest, the most wretched and dying, have at her hands received compassion without condescension, based on the reverence of man.
SYNOPSIS: Mother Teresa has said that the sick and the dying have been made to forget they are human beings. The tiny frail-looking nun, born in Albania, set up her first home for the dying in a Hindu rest house in Calcutta after seeing a penniless woman turned away by a city hospital.
In 1973 she received the Templeton award for religious progress from Britain's Prince Philip. The award was one of many she has received to recognise and help support her work.
Over two million sick and about fifty thousand lepers are treated in her clinics, and millions more are fed by her missionaries.