Ever heard of Mother Teresa?

Mother Teresa is such a famous nun there’s even an animation about her, watch the trailer:

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God. She knew she had to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ.

At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a few months’ training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made such a deep impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working among the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Although she had no funds, she depended on God’s power, and started an open-air school for slum children. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and financial support soon came. This made it possible for her to extend the reach of her work.

On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Pope to start her own order, “The Missionaries of Charity”, whose primary task was to love and care for those people nobody was prepared to look after. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by order of Pope Paul VI. The Missionaries of Charity throughout the world are aided and assisted by Co-Workers who became an official International Association on March 29, 1969. By the 1990s there were over one million Co-Workers in more than 40 countries.

In 1969, a documentary about her work with the poor catapulted her to global celebrity. Mother Teresa’s work has been recognised and celebrated throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971), the Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972) and the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mother Teresa was also controversial, in her Nobel acceptance speech, she described abortion as “the greatest destroyer of peace today”.

She died on 5 September 1997, her name attached to some 60 centres worldwide, and India honoured her with a state funeral. Her seven homes for the poor and destitute of Calcutta, however, are her lasting monument. However in 2005 and undercover reporter saw, “children with their mouths gagged open to be given medicine, their hands flaying in distress, visible testimony to the pain they were in. Tiny babies were bound with cloths at feeding time. Rough hands wrenched heads into position for feeding.’

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In 2009 a TV programme debated whether Mother Teresa deserved a sainthood or not:

Now Mother Teresa is in the news again, as her orphanages in India stop adoptions due to liberal reforms in the country which let divorced and single people adopt. The estimates of how many orphans there are in India range from 16 to 30 million; last year only about 2,500 orphans were adopted. In response to this the Indian government are relaxing rules on who can adopt to try and increase the number of orphans who find families. However the Missionaries of Charity (founded by Mother Teresa) refuse to participate.

“We have already shut our adoption services because we believe our children may not receive real love,” said Sister Amala at Nirmala Shishu Bhawan, a Delhi orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity. She added: “We do not wish to give children to single parents or divorced people. It is not a religious rule but a human rule. Children need both parents, male and female.”

Is this morally right or wrong?

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2 thoughts on “Ever heard of Mother Teresa?

  1. I think that Mother Teresa was a very influential figure in history. She spread the word of god everywhere and she was a true christian.

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