Ten fascinating facts about Mother Teresa
- Mother Teresa was born on 26th August 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia, in 1910, but she later considered 27 August, the day she was baptized, to be her “true birthday.”
- Mother Teresa’s original name was Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. The word “Anjeze” means “a little flower” in Albanian.
- Since her early childhood, Mother Teresa was fascinated by stories of the lives of missionaries and their service in India. By the age of 12, she become convinced that she should commit herself to a religious life.
- When she was 18 years old, Agnes left home and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham, Ireland. After that, she never saw her mother or her sisters again.
- She took her first religious vows as a nun in 1931, when she was named after Therese de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries, but because one nun in the convent had already chosen that name, she decided for the Spanish spelling of Teresa.
- In the year 1950, Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries. She spent most of her life in India, where she arrived in 1929, aged 19.
- During her humanitarian missions, Mother Teresa suffered from numerous diseases and injuries. She had pneumonia, malaria, suffered two heart attacks, and even broke her collar bone.
- During her life, Mother Teresa received more than 120 honors and awards, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.
- She refused the traditional Nobel honor banquet, instead requesting that the $192K funds be given to help the poor of India.
- Mother Teresa breathed her last in Kolkata on 5 September 1997.
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