Mother Teresa Bojaxhiu

Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (1910 - 1997)

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Anjeze Gonxhe (Mother Teresa) "Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Mother Theresa" Bojaxhiu
Born in Skopje, Ottoman Empiremap
Died in Calcutta, Indiamap
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Was canonized and declared a saint on 4 September 2016, in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope Francis.


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Mother Teresa, known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu; 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje (now the capital of the Republic of Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in Macedonia for eighteen years she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.

Teresa was a member of the Sisters of Loreto (1928-1948), and in 1950 founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation which had over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries in 2012. The congregation manages homes for people dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's- and family-counselling programmes; orphanages, and schools. Members, who take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, also profess a fourth vow: to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor".

Teresa received a number of honours, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonised (recognised by the church as a saint) on 4 September 2016, and the anniversary of her death (5 September) is her feast day.

A controversial figure during her life and after her death, Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work. She was praised and criticised for her opposition to abortion, and criticised for poor conditions in her houses for the dying. Her authorised biography was written by Navin Chawla and published in 1992, and she has been the subject of films and other books.


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On 14 Sep 2017 at 21:40 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:

... came out of the door and was holding the medicine to give her. When she passed, at all of 5 foot tall, she was the inspiration for 4,000 nuns who ran almost 600 orphanages, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and health clinics. These nuns were not even just near her, they were in over 120 countries. Her legacy has done nothing but grow. she is quoted as saying "Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone. Person to Person"

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 46-47, Harper Collins Publishing

On 14 Sep 2017 at 21:36 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:

When a simple nun left the convent to help the poorest of the poor in the streets of Calcutta, most people doubted there was anything she could do. On one of the first days she was there, she had only 5 rupees and gave 4 of them away to the poor. Shortly after that, a priest asked for a donation and she gave him the last one. She was sure God would provide and later that day, a wealthy person heard about what she had done and found her to give her money. The amount? 50 rupees, which she then proceeded to give out to the poor also. She needed medicine at one point and told the pharmacist, he laughed at her and moved on to the next person. She prayed just outside the door of the pharmacy. Several min. later, the pharmacist that had laughed at her ...

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