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Mother Teresa

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
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Full Name: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Profession: Catholic Missionary


Biography: Mother Teresa was a Catholic missionary who gained international recognition for her humanitarian work in the slums of Calcutta. Albanian by birth she went to India as a nun and missionary, where she received "the call within the call" an "order" to help the poor, sick and dying.

In Calcutta she established orphanages, hospices, hospitals and schools, projects that spread worldwide with her fame and reputation. By the time of her death, she was operating 517 missions in more than 100 countries.

Despite some criticism concerning the quality of care in her hospices and the spending of donated money, she was widely loved and in 1979 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

A miraculous healing of a tumor was attributed to her, allowing Pope John Paul II to beatify her in 2003 - bestowing the title 'blessed'.

Pope Francis recognized the healing of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors as a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa and canonized her 2016. She was declared co-patron saint of the Archdiocese of Calcutta at a Mass in the city in 2017.

Born: August 26, 1910
Birthplace: Skopje, Albania, Ottoman Empire

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: September 5, 1997 (aged 87)
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Historical Events

  • 1929-01-06 Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India's poorest
  • 1950-10-26 Mother Teresa founds Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India
  • 1979-10-17 Mother Teresa of Calcutta awarded Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1986-02-03 The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in Calcutta
  • 1993-08-20 Mother Teresa hospitalized with malaria
  • 1997-09-13 Mother Teresa's State Funeral held in India
  • 2003-10-19 Mother Teresa of Calcutta is beatified by Pope John Paul II
  • 2016-09-04 Mother Teresa canonized by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican
  • 2017-09-06 Mother Teresa declared co-patron saint of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta alongside St. Francis Xavier

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