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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa, also known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta was born in 1910; she was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, which was a Roman Catholic congregation of women committed to helping the poor. Mother Teresa was often known as one of the greatest humanitarians in the 20th century.

In 1928, Mother Teresa decided to become a nun and head for Ireland to join the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin. A year later, she went to India for the novitiate period. In 1931, she made her First Profession of Vows and then was sent to Calcutta to teach at the Saint Mary’s High School for Girls. She learned to speak Bengali and Hindi and in 1937, she took her final vow to a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and was named ‘mother’.

In 1950 Teresa found the Missionaries of Charity, which in 2012, the missionary had over 4,500 members across 133 countries. She has spoken at the 40th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and has also opened a home care for those who were infected by HIV/AIDS, called the Gift of Love.

In her lifetime, Mother Teresa has been awarded plenty recognition, including Pope Paul VI bestowed the Decree of Praise upon the Missionaries of Charity, been awarded the Jewel of India, bestowed the Soviet Union’s Gold Medal of the Soviet Peace Committee, and 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her hard work in helping the suffering humanity.

There were a number of documentaries and books written about Mother Teresa. In 1969 documentary film and 1972 book, Something Beautiful for God, Teresa was the main subject. And in 1997, her biography was made into a movie, Mother Teresa: In the Name of God’s Poor, and Mother Teresa’s role was played by Geraldine Chaplin. And the movie received a 1997 Art Film Festival award. Another movie was made about her in 2003, called Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and won the CAMIE Award.

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