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Mother Teresa Facts

Mother Teresa Facts

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1 Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born Aug. 26, 1910, in Macedonia to a financially comfortable Albanian family (they owned two houses, one of which they lived in). Her father died when she was 8, ending her family's financial security.
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2 Although she lived to be 87, she never saw her mother or sister again after the day she left for Ireland.
3 She took her vows as a nun in 1931, choosing the name Teresa to honor Saints Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila.
4 In 1948 Sister Teresa set aside her nun's habit - adopting instead the simple sari and sandals worn by the women she would be living among - and moved to a small rented hovel in the slums to begin her work.
5 Word began to spread about Mother Teresa's good works, and soon she had other volunteers wanting to help. By 1950 she was able to start the Mission of Charity - a congregation dedicated to caring for "the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone."
6 Mother Teresa was honored with many awards throughout her life, from the Indian Padma Shri in 1962 to the inaugural Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971 to Albania's Golden Honour of the Nation in 1994... and, most famously, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
7 She refused the traditional Nobel honor banquet, instead requesting that the $192,000 budget be given to help the poor of India.
8 She continued her work with the poor for the rest of her life, leading the Missionaries of Charity until just months before her death Sept. 5, 1997.
9 After being beatified in 2003, Mother Teresa was canonized on Sep. 4, 2016. In a ceremony at St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis declared her a saint, yet noted, "With great spontaneity, I think we will continue to call her Mother Teresa."
10 Mother Teresa achieved incredible things and inspired millions of people all over the world during her life, but in fact, she was an extremely tiny and delicate person, standing just 152 cm (5 ft) tall.

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