Mother Teresa or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized to Sainthood status by Vatican on September 4, 2016!

Born on August 26, 1910 and died at the age 87 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India on September 5, 1997. She is the founder of the Missionaries of Charity (1950). a religious congregation of the Catholic Church present in 133 countries including the Philippines whose works are centered on providing home and care for the marginalized members of the society particularly those inflicted with diseases and orphans.


Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, beatified on October 19, 2003, is also a recipient of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize and a staunch ProLife advocate.

Here are some more things about Saint Teresa of Calcutta that you might have not know yet:

  • Mother Teresa is not Indian by birth, she was born to a Kosovar Albanian family in a place called Uskup, Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire (now known as Skopje, Republic of Macedonia) – so basically she’s Albanian.
  • Mother Teresa, although born on August 26, considers August 27 as her real birthday because it is the date of her baptism.
  • Her real name is Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu or Agnes as it was pronounced. She chose the name Teresa (taken from St. Therese de Lisieux) after taking her vow as a nun on May 24, 1931.
  • Mother Teresa was Ottoman, Serbian, Bulgarian, Yugoslavian before finally becoming a citizen of India.
  • Mother Teresa was teacher in Eastern Calcutta before receiving the “Call within a Call” experience to become a missionary to the poorest of the poor in 1948.
  • She then founded the Missionaries of Charity on October 7, 1950 with only 13 members. By the time of her death the congregation has grown to over 4,000 members running AIDS hospices and charity centers worldwide, and caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholics, the poor and homeless, and victims of floods, epidemics, and famine.

DID YOU KNOW: That the Archbishop of Calcutta Henry Sebastian D’Souza ordered an exorcism made on Mother Teresa when she was first hospitalized with cardiac problems?

Aside from the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa has received numerous awards and recognition all over the world for all her works of mercy and compassion. Most notable are the Pope John XXIII Peace prize, Nehru Prize, The Balzan Prize, The Templeton Prize and MagsaysayPrize.

Here are what people said about Saint Teresa of Calcutta ‘s life at the time of her death:

“A rare and unique individual who lived long for higher purposes. Her life-long devotion to the care of the poor, the sick, and the disadvantaged was one of the highest examples of service to our humanity” – Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Prime Minister

She is the United Nations. She is peace in the world.” – Javier Perez de Cuellar, UN Secretary General

“The cry of Jesus on the Cross, ‘I thirst’, expressing the depth of God’s longing for man, penetrated Mother Teresa’s soul and found fertile soil in her heart.” – Pope John Paul II

Here are some famous words from ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA :


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