“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
Original Name : Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Full Name : Saint Teresa of Calcutta, also called St. Mother Teresa
Born : August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia(before Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire)
Died : September 5, 1997(aged 87) in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Father : Nikollë Bojaxhiu
Mother : Dranafile Bojaxhiu
Institution : Sisters of Loreto(1928–1948) and Missionaries of Charity(1950–1997)
Venerated in : Roman Catholic Church
Padma Shri in 1962
Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1969
Nobel Peace Prize in 1979
Bharat Ratna in 1980
Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985
Congressional Gold Medal in 1997 and many more
7 Fascinating Facts About Mother Teresa :
THE REAL TERESA’S NAME WAS AGNES
-The real Teresa’s name was Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, which means ‘flower’ in Albanian. But when she took her vows, she chose the name of Teresa to honour Therese de Lisieux, the missionary canonized at 1927 and known for her mercy and goodness.
DECIDED TO COMMIT HERSELF TO RELIGIOUS LIFE WHEN SHE WAS ONLY
-12 Mother Teresa was raised by a very religious family. At the age of 12 she was already sure that she’s going to devote herself to the service of the God. So, she found her purpose in helping the poor, sick and hungry people and at the age of 18 she became Sister Teresa.
FOUNDED ‘THE MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY’
-In 1946, as she described later, she was told by Jesus to leave the monastery and begin helping poor people of Caclutta. Sister Teresa obeyed. In 1950, she established the religious congregation named The Missionaries of Charity and became Mother Teresa.
RECEIVED THE NOBEL PRIZE BUT REFUSED THE MONEY
-In 1979, for struggling with the poverty and misery, Mother Teresa won the Nobel Prize. Although she accepted it and even gave the ceremonial speech, Mother Teresa refused the money allocated to the banquet and asked to donate it to the poor people.
AWARDED WITH THE HIGHEST AWARDS IN USA
-Almost three months before her death, Mother Teresa received the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the highest civilian honors in the United States. Earlier, in 1985, she was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for all her charitable work.
HEALED TWO PEOPLE AFTER HER DEATH
-It is believed that Mother Teresa helped people even after her death. In 2002, the Indian woman Monica Besra was healed of a tumor in her abdomen thanks to the locket with the picture of Teresa. In 2015, Pope recognized the healing Brazilian man of a brain tumor as a second miracle.
WAS CANONISED IN 2016
-In 2016, after witnessing the miracles, Pope Francis canonised Mother Teresa. It is symbolic that 1,500 homeless Italian people were invited to the ceremony and provided with the most honourable seats.