The real name of Mother Teresa was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She is best known as ‘the nun that helped the poor’. She was born on August 26, 1910, in Macedonia. She belonged to a family that was financially secured. Her parents were Kosovo-Albanians.
She was fascinated with missionaries from an early age and she decided to commit herself to a religious vocation. She left her home when she was only 18 years old to join the Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham, Dublin in Ireland. She took her vows as a nun in 1931. She chose the name ‘Teresa’.
Fun Facts: –
- She arrived in India in 1929, at the age of 19 and spent most of her life there.
- Mother Teresa opened the ‘House of the Dying’ to take care of patients.
- She is sometimes referred as Florence Nightingale of the 20th
- In 1948, she set aside her nun’s habit and adopted sari and sandals worn by the Indian women.
- She refused the noble honor bouquet and requested the $192K funds to be given to the poor of India.
- Mother Teresa received more than 120 prestigious awards and honors during her entire lifetime.
- She suffered a heart attack in 1983 during her visit to the pope. After 6 years, she suffered another heart attack and then given a pacemaker.
- She was completely against contraception and abortion. She also said, “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion”.
- Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997. On September 4, 2016, she was canonized.
- She suffered the break of a collarbone during her first heart attack. This was the main reason behind her death.
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