Mother Teresa – The popular missionary rests in Kolkata

An Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born of Albanian parents on 26 August 1910, in Skopje, then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. Her life-long devotion to the care of the poor, the sick, and the disadvantaged was one of the highest examples of service to humanity.

Mother Teresa’s tomb / Image source

Teresa, after the age of eighteen, she moved to India, where she lived for most of her life. In 1950, he founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries. Teresa received a number of honors, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonized in 2016, and the anniversary of her death is her feast day.

Missionaries of Charity Mother House / Image source

During her lifetime and after her death, Teresa was admired by many for her philanthropic work. She was praised and criticized on various counts, mainly on issues of female nature.

Teresa died on September 5, 1997, and her body was laid to rest in an open coffin in St. Thomas, Kolkata, a week before her funeral. She received a state funeral from the Indian government in gratitude for her service to the poor of all religions in the country. Her burial site is located at the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity or Mother House in Kolkata.

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