8 Things You Do Not Know About Mother Teresa

Today, September 4, 2016 at a Roman Catholic canonization service in Vatican City, Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa a saint.

Ahead of the historical event, BelieversCompanion.com put together nine things you should know about the Noble-prize winning nun who became renowned for serving the poor and dying.

1. Mother Teresa also known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was born Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in 1910 in what is now part of modern Macedonia. At the age of 18 she left home to join the Sisters of Loreto, a group of nuns in Ireland. She took the name Sister Mary Teresa after Saint Therese of Lisieux. 

2. Mother Teresa was moved to India in 1929 and taught at a Catholic School for girls.

3. In 1946 Mother Teresa received what she describe as a "call within a call" She said Jesus spoke to her and told her to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta helping the city's poorest and sickest people.

4. In 1950 she received Vatican approval for Missionaries  of Charity, a group of religious sisters who took vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and to give wholeheartedly free service to the poorest of the poor. By the late 1970s, the Missionaries of the Charity had offshots in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States.

5. Mother Teresa and her religious order gained International attention in 1967 when the famed journalist Malcolm Muggeridge interviewed her for a BBC TV program.

6. During her life Mother Teresa received more 120 prestigious awards and honors.

7. During her 1979 Nobel Prize Lecture, Mother Teresa called abortion the greatest destroyer of peace.

8. Mother Teresa died in 1997  

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