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Mother Teresa

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


Why Famous: Founder of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa began working in the slums of Calcutta in India in 1948. She went on to establish orphanages, hospitals and hospices dedicated to the sick and the poor. Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Although sometimes controversial she was posthumously beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003.

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

Biography: Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was a Catholic missionary who gained international recognition for her humanitarian work. She was Algerian by birth but 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 the slums of Calcutta she started schools, hospices and orphanages, projects that spread worldwide with her fame and reputation. By her 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 - bestowing the title ‘blessed’, and bringing her only one step away from becoming a saint. (OnThisDay.com)

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

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