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Mother Teresa Facts
- Name: Mother Teresa (Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu)
- Profession: Roman Catholic Nun and Missionary
- Born: August 26th, 1910 in Skopje, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
- Died: September 5th, 1997 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India
- Resting Place: The Mother House Of the Missionaries Of Charity
- Legacy: Famous for her extensive charity work around the world
28 Mother Teresa Facts for Kids
- Mother Teresa was a nun and missionary for the Roman Catholic Church.
- Mother Teresa is most well-known for her charity work across the globe.
- Mother Teresa was born on August 26th, 1910 in Skopje, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire.
- Mother Teresa’s legal birthname was Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu.
- Mother Teresa was the daughter of Nikollë Bojaxhiu and Dranafile Bojaxhiu.
- Mother Teresa was the youngest of three children by Nikollë and Dranafile Bojaxhiu.
- Mother Teresa was never married and never had any children.
- Mother Teresa died at the age of 87 on September 5th, 1997 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.
- In 1928, Teresa joined the Sisters of Loreto with the goals of becoming a missionary.
- In 1929, Teresa begins training and preparing for her religious life and vows in Darjeeling, India.
- In 1931, Teresa took her religious vows and choose the name Thérèse de Lisieux.
- In 1937, Teresa took her solemn vows in Kolkata, India.
- In 1946, Teresa experienced what she called “the call within the call”. She believed she should leave the Sisters of Loreto convent and help poor people while living with them.
- In 1948, Teresa starts to get basic medical training and starts to visit the slums of India.
- In 1950, Teresa formed the Missionaries of Charity after receiving permission from the Vatican.
- In 1952, Teresa opened the Kalighat Home for the Dying, her first hospice center. This was a place where people could receive medical care and die with dignity. Everyone could die according to their faith.
- In 1955, Teresa opened the Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, the Children’s Home of the Immaculate Heart. This was a home was a safe place for homeless children and orphans.
- Throughout the 1960s, Teresa opened many centers to benefit the poor in India. These centers included hospices, leper houses (safe places for people with leprosy) and orphanages.
- In 1962, Teresa was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding.
- In 1965, Teresa expanded her congregation outside of India with their first house in Venezuela.,
- In 1968, Teresa opened houses in Austria, Italy and Tanzania.
- Throughout the 1970s, Teresa opened houses in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States of America.
- In 1979, Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her charitable and humanitarian work.
- In 1983, Teresa had a heart attack while meeting with Pope John Paul II in Rome.
- In 1985, Teresa was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Ronald Regan.
- In 2003, Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II at Saint Peter’s Square.
- In 2007, Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity had over 5,000 sisters and 450 brothers. They had locations in 120 countries with 600 schools, shelters and missions.
- In 2016, Teresa was canonized by Pope Francis at Saint Peter’s Square.
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