Jesus the Divine Superstar
Mother Teresa’s devotion to the poor is not the only reason she was treated so sympathetically by most reporters. The nun handled the media and her fame so well and for so long also because she had been initiated into celebrity culture very early in her life, certainly before she was spotted by the Indian press in the early 1950s. In the vast literature about her this important formative aspect of her life has been completely ignored. This chapter highlights the impact her celebrity father had on Mother Teresa and her family. Of particular interest in this part of the book is the attempt to establish a connection between the death of Mother Teresa’s father and her inclination to replace him with a heavenly father ﬁgure. The chapter offers an in-depth analysis of the stages Mother Teresa’s attachment to Jesus went through from the age of nine onwards.