Mother Teresa was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary.
She was born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. She was the youngest child to Nikolle and Dranafile Bojaxhiu.
Her father was from Prizren, Kosovo and her mother was from a village near Gjakova. Her father died when she was eight years old. At the age of 18, she left home to join the Sisters of Loreto, Ireland to learn English, to become a missionary.
She arrived in India in 1929, and then continued to serve there. She took religious vow to serve as a nun in 24 May 1931. She died at the age of 87 on 5 september 1997 in Calcutta, West Begal, India
The following are the facts about Mother Teresa :
1. Mother Teresa is also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, but her original name was Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu.
2. For most of her life, Mother Teresa helped the poor. However, contrary to some popular beliefs, she herself was from financially secured family and owned two houses.
3. Mother Teresa spent most of her life in India. She once said, “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, I am an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”
4. Since her early childhood, Mother Teresa was fascinated by stories of the Indian lives of missionaries and their service.
5. After she left for Ireland, she never saw her mother or her sisters again.
6. When she took her first religious vows as a nun in 1931, she chose to be named after Therese de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries, but she opted for the Spanish spelling of Teresa as one nun in the convent had already chosen that name.
7. Mother Teresa received what she would later describe as a “call within a call” in 1946. She said Jesus spoke to her and told to abandon her teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta helping the city’s poorest and sickest people.
8. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, a religious congregation, which consisted of over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries in 2012.
9. Mother Teresa did not have any equipment or supplies while teaching poor children in Calcutta, yet she managed to teach the children to read and write by writing in the dirt with wooden sticks.
10. Mother Teresa had no income when caring for the poor and sick in Calcutta’s slums, so she herself had to beg for food too.
11. Mother Teresa received more than 120 honors and awards which includes the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.
12. She said hundreds of inspirational quotes. Among them are “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love,” and “If you judge people, you have no time to love them”.
13. Americans voted her as one of the 10 most admirable women 18 times in Gallup’s yearly poll.
14. Mother Teresa is believed to have performed at least two miracles during and after her life. She healed Indian woman Monica Besra who suffered from a stomach tumor in 1997. A Brazilian man Marcilio Haddad Andrino recovered from multiple abscesses in his brain after he prayed to a relic of Mother Teresa in 2008.
15. Mother Teresa and Princess Diana were friends. They met and prayed together, walking hand-in-hand through the streets of New York City in 1997. After a few weeks they both died. Diana died in a tragic accident on 31 August, Teresa passed away 5 days later.
16. Mother Teresa suffered from numerous diseases and injuries. She even had pneumonia, malaria, suffered two heart attacks, and even broke her collar bone.
17. She was fluent in five languages – Bengali, Albanian, Serbian, English, and Hindi.
18. When she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she requested the Nobel honor banquet of $192,000 budget be given to help the poor of India.
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