The Letters, which premiers in theaters December 4th, reenacts the amazing life and ministry of Mother Teresa. Though she was known throughout the world for her mercy and compassion, the humble nun became a center of controversy after personal letters were unearthed which detailed her ongoing battle with doubt, fear, and loneliness.
Some felt these papers revealed Teresa to be faithless, while others believe they humanized her. The Letters hopes to strike a balance between the two, portraying Teresa as a woman of faith who endeavors to trust God in the midst of a troubled world.
The film has started receiving Oscar buzz due to its all star cast. The Letters stars Juliet Stevenson in the role of Mother Teresa, while veteran actors Max von Sydow and Rutger Hauer play Teresa’s oldest friend, Celeste van Exem, and Vatican investigator Benjamin Praagh respectively.
Mother Teresa ended her life ubder physical and spiritual attack.Mother Teresa suffered a heart attack in Rome in 1983 while visiting Pope John Paul II. After a second attack in 1989, she received an artificial pacemaker. In 1991, after a battle with pneumonia while in Mexico, she suffered further heart problems. She offered to resign her position as head of the Missionaries of Charity, but the sisters of the congregation, in a secret ballot, voted for her to stay. Mother Teresa agreed to continue her work as head of the congregation.
In April 1996, Mother Teresa fell and broke her collar bone. In August she suffered from malaria and failure of the left heart ventricle. She had heart surgery but it was clear that her health was declining. The Archbishop of Calcutta, Henry Sebastian D’Souza, said he ordered a priest to perform an exorcism on Mother Teresa with her permission when she was first hospitalized with cardiac problems because he thought she may be under attack by the devil. On 13 March 1997, she stepped down from the head of Missionaries of Charity. She died on 5 September 1997.
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