Mother Teresa Born on 26th August 1910 in Ottoman Empire and devoted her full life for sick, poor, and helpless people in India. Left her home to Ireland to learn English with the aim of becoming a missionary in India. In India, she started teaching to a school, helped poor and sick, opened Missionaries of charity, and more branch charities for helpless. She awarded in Nobel peace prize, Bharat Ratna, and many more honors, awards. In her life, many things happened. We have collected here some interesting facts that happened in Mother Teresa’s life.
Interesting facts of Mother Teresa
- Mother Teresa was born on 26 August, but it was considered 27 August as her true birthday after she was baptized.
- Her father was an Albanian community politician who died in 1919.
- On religious pilgrimage at the age of 12, Mother Teresa experienced her calling to devote her life to Christ.
- Mother Teresa’s father was an Albanian grocer and community politician. When she was eight years old her father died.
- Mother Teresa’s father was born in Prizren (Now in Kosovo), and her mother was from a village near Gjakova.
- It was believed that her father was killed by Serbian agents by giving poison.
- According to a biography by Joan Graff Clucas, When Mother Teresa’s age was 12, she was inspired by stories of the lives of missionaries and their service in Bengal. She thought that she should settle her life for religious life. Her resolve strengthened on 15 August 1928 while she prayed at the shrine of the Black Madonna of Vitina.
- Mother Teresa went to the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ireland to learn English with the view of becoming a missionary. Because English was the language of instruction of the Sisters of Loreto in India.
- She never saw her family again after 1928.
- Mother Teresa change her name from Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to Sister Mary Teresa while she was in Ireland.
- Mother Teresa Traveled from Ireland to India by boat through the Suez Canal, across the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal and reached in Calcutta.
- When Mother Teresa received “call within a call” and started begging for food for the sick and poor people The date was celebrated by the Catholic Church as Inspiration Day.
- Mother Teresa was joined by a number of Sisters and in February 1953, the Missionaries of Charity moved into a building that became known as the Mother House.
- Mother Teresa said, “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”
- She Fluent in five languages – Bengali, Albanian, Serbian, English, and Hindi.
- In 1982, at the height of the Siege of Beirut, Mother Teresa rescued 37 children trapped in a front-line hospital by brokering a temporary cease-fire between the Israeli army and Palestinian guerrillas.
- Mother Teresa traveled through the war zone to the hospital to evacuate the young patients with the help of some Red Cross workers.
- Mother Teresa traveled to assist the hungry in Ethiopia, radiation victims at Chernobyl, and earthquake victims in Armenia.
- The first Missionaries of Charity home in the United States were established in the South Bronx area of New York City.
- 100th anniversary of her birth, the government of India issued a special ₹5 coin (the amount of money Teresa had when she arrived in India) on 28 August 2010.
- Mother Teresa refused the conventional ceremonial banquet for laureates, asking that its $192,000 cost be given to the poor in India.
- When Teresa received the prize she was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She answered, “Go home, and love your family.”
- Mother Teresa was selected among the top 10 women in the annual Gallup’s most admired man and woman poll 18 times. In 1999 she was at the top of the Gallup’s List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.
- In 2012, Teresa was ranked number 5 in Outlook India’s poll of the Greatest Indian.
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