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Saint Teresa of Calcutta Mother Teresa MC

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Consecrated religious, nun

Born

Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu26 August 1910 Üsküp, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire

Died

5 September 1997 Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Venerated in

Roman Catholic Church

Beatified

19 October 2003, Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II

Canonized

4 September 2016, Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City by Pope Francis

Major shrine

Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Feast

5 September

Attributes

  • Nun's habit
  • Rosary

Patronage

  • World Youth Day
  • Missionaries of Charity
  • Archdiocese of Calcutta

Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu commonly called Mother Teresa, and known in the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta , was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje , then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in North Macedonia for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.

In 1950, Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries in 2012. The congregation manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. It also runs soup kitchens, dispensaries, mobile clinics, children's and family counselling programmes, as well as orphanages and schools. Members take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and also profess a fourth vow—to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor."

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Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. - Mother Teresa

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Mother Teresa

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We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. - Mother Teresa

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.

Mother Teresa

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Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given. - Mother Teresa

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given.

Mother Teresa

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There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible. - Mother Teresa

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

Mother Teresa

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I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds yet I willingly cure him for the love of God. - Mother Teresa

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.

Mother Teresa

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Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them. - Mother Teresa

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.

Mother Teresa

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We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. - Mother Teresa

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

Mother Teresa

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One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. - Mother Teresa

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Mother Teresa

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Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action. - Mother Teresa

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.

Mother Teresa

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Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home. - Mother Teresa

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.

Mother Teresa

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I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. - Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

Mother Teresa

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Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. - Mother Teresa

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Mother Teresa

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The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. - Mother Teresa

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

Mother Teresa

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Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. - Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

Mother Teresa

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Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. - Mother Teresa

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.

Mother Teresa

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If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. - Mother Teresa

If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

Mother Teresa

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