Mother Teresa Lauren qualizza and gigi kinsella

Having a birth name of Agnes, Mother Teresa changed her name because her favorite saint was Saint Therese of Lisiex.

During her early years, she was fascinated by stories of the lives of missionaries and their service in Bengal.

Mother Teresa was born August 26, 1910 in Uskub, Ottoman Empire. But is now called Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia

At twelve, she decided she would commit herslef to religious life and left home to join the Sisters of Loreto at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham. And went to Ireland to learn English and became a missionary. At 18, Mother Teresa dedicated herself to God's work, to her, she believed it was a call from God. She then became a nun and changed her name to Teresa. She was called Sister Teresa while working at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta, India.

Sister Teresa started teaching history and geography at St. Mary's in Calcutta, India for about 15 years.
She became Mother Teresa when she made her Profession of the Vows. She promised to be "spouse of Jesus for eternity". In 1944, she became the principal at St. Mary's.

One day she saw poor people on the streets just outside of St. Mary's and asked the church leaders if she could help them. After, she left the school so she could minister to the poor of Calcutta. She had a heart for the destitute, and children; this led her to open her first orphanage in India.

Interesting Fact: At first, Mother Teresa didn't believe in God because of all the suffering in the world.
In 1946 Teresa traveled to Darjeeling for a retreat. There, she realized what her true calling was: to serve God among the poorest of the poor.

About two years after Mother Teresa's death (September 1997), the Archbishop of Calcutta, Monsignor Henry D'Souza, asked for Pope John Paul II do a five-year waiting period before beginning her beatification and canonization.

In 2002, the Vatican recognized a miracle involving an Indian woman named Monica Basra, who said she was cured of an abdominal tumor through Mother Teresa's intercession on the one year anniversary of her death in 1998, and no scientific explanation could be found for her recovery.

She was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta" on October 19, 2003 in a ceremony led by Pope John Paul II.

One of her first projects was to teach the children of the poor – drawing on her experience with teaching the children of the rich. Without having any equipment or supplies this time, she taught them to read and write by writing in the dirt with sticks.

Pope Francis announced that she would be officially declared a saint in March 2016, when he recognized a second miracle attributed to her. The second miracle was when a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors was healed after loved ones prayed to Mother Teresa to heal him.

She was canonized on September 4, 2016 by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City.

Mother Teresa's Feast Day is September 5, and is the Patron Saint of Missionaries.

Interesting Facts: 1) She refused the traditional Nobel honor banquet, instead requesting that the $192,000 budget be given to help the poor of India.

2) She opened a hospice for the poor, a home for sufferers of leprosy, and a home for orphans and homeless youths.

3) Mother Teresa was honored with many awards, such as the Indian Padma Shri in 1962, the inaugural Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, Albania’s Golden Honour of the Nation in 1994, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Important Events during her time:

1914- World War I

1939- World War II (29 years old)

1937-Amelia Earhart vanishes

1942- Anne Frank goes into hiding


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