MOTHER Teresa of Calcutta has joined the Dalai Lama in nominating the aid agency Oxfam for the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, to be awarded in October.
Mother Teresa, herself a Peace Prize laureate, wrote a personal submission to the Oslo-based Nobel Committee last year, proposing the ecumenical organisation "for its 50 years of practical contribution to peace".
In her letter of nomination, Mother Teresa praised the British charity for its work in India, which she said she had observed over the years. "The people working for Oxfam put their love of God into living action in service to his poor. How beautiful is their dedication!
"Oxfam's work of love is work of peace the true peace that comes from loving and caring and respecting every person as a child of God," she wrote.
The cause of the charity is being promoted by Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, Chancellor of Oxford University, who has mobilised a number of eminent people, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, as well as a number of prominent British politicians on its behalf.
A spokesman for the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) said it "greatly respected" the work done by Oxfam.