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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa in 1986Mother Teresa in 1986 Blessed Mother Teresa (1910–97) was a Roman Catholic nun who founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. She had moved to Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta) in 1928 to work as a teacher, but became increasingly concerned by the poverty she saw all around her in the Indian city. She took her vows as a nun and undertook some medical training. Together with the other sisters of the Order she dedicated her life to caring for the poor and needy, particularly in Kolkata and elsewhere in India. Mother Teresa was widely recognized for her work, which had extended worldwide by the time of her death in 1997. 


St Thérèse of Lisieux (1873–97) St Thérèse of Lisieux (1873–97)

Agnes Bojaxhiu

Mother Teresa’s birth name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She was born on 26th August 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia, the youngest of three children. Her family were ethnic Albanians and devout Roman Catholics living in a largely Muslim Serb region. Her father died when she was nine. Through her involvement with her local church group, the young Agnes became interested in missionary work. In 1928 she travelled to Ireland to join the Sisters of Loreto at the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to learn English. There she took the name Sister Mary Teresa after St Thérèse of Lisieux. Only a few weeks later she travelled to India to work as a teacher in Kolkata. 

Mother Teresa was given Pope Paul VI’s ceremonial limo after his trip to India. She raffled it to raise money for her leper colony.

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