The Catholic University of America

A number of CUA experts were interviewed about the canonization of Mother Teresa.

University President John Garvey appeared on EWTN to talk about the soon-to-be saints connections to the University. 

Shane MacDonald, archives technician, was interviewed by Catholic News Service and EWTN News Nightly about the Mother Teresa archives held at Catholic University. 

Rev. Michael Witczak, associate professor, liturgical studies, was interviewed by Voice of America and the Wall Street Journal on Mother Teresa. 

See below.

The Catholic University of America’s Connection to Mother Teresa

From: EWTN News Nightly
Date: Aug. 30, 2016

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EWTN News Nightly - 2016-09-02

From: EWTN News Nightly
Date: Sept. 2, 2016

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Thousands of Mother Teresa items archived by Catholic University

From: Catholic News Service
Date: Sept. 1, 2016
Author: Mark Pattison


Not many people know that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata's first visit to the United States was a trip to Las Vegas -- in 1960, when the Strip was still mobbed-up.

She didn't go to cleanse the casinos of their corruption. She went to speak at the convention of the National Council of Catholic Women.

That tidbit is one of an untold number of facts and perspectives that can be gleaned from examining the Mother Teresa Collection that resides within the archives at The Catholic University of America.

The collection has a copy of Mother Teresa's 1979 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, autographed by the founder of the Missionaries of Charity herself. There are also two copies of the Marvel Comics illustrated biography of her life, issued in 1983, one year after Marvel successfully published a comic-book biography of St. John Paul II. ...

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Mother Teresa’s Canonization Advances Pope Francis’ Agenda

From: Wall Street Journal 
Date: Sept. 1, 2016
Author: Francis Rocca


... The lion’s share of recent canonizations occurred during the 26-year reign of John Paul, who declared 482 people saints and another 1,338 “blessed.”?According to the Rev. Michael Witczak of the Catholic University of America, John Paul expanded the ranks of saints to emphasize that such holy people come from all walks of life and all regions, including non-Western and poor countries. The widely traveled John Paul’s visits to foreign countries typically featured the canonization or beatification of a local Catholic.


His successors have kept up the pace, with Pope Benedict XVI authorizing a total of 912 canonizations and beatifications in his eight-year reign. In little more than three years as pontiff, Pope Francis has honored a total of 776. ...

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Mother Teresa will Become 'St. Teresa of Calcutta' on September 4

From: Voice of America
Date: Aug. 31, 2016
Author: Mariama Diallo

For many, she’s known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata), but her real name is Anjece Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. On September 4, she’ll become "St. Teresa of Calcutta."

As the world readies for her canonization, “one of her legacies is her community, the Missionaries of Charity, who embody her convictions and try to live it out in the world today,” says Michael Witczak, associate professor of Liturgical Studies in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington.

Today Witczak says there are about 4,500 centers worldwide continuing the work of Mother Teresa, including hospices, orphanages, homes for people with AIDS and drug addictions, unwed mothers, etc. ...

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Read more about Father Witczak's expertise.