25 Fascinating Facts About Mother Teresa And Her Extraordinary Life

Posted by , Updated on September 6, 2016


On Sunday, 4 September 2016, the whole (not only Christian) world stopped for a while to watch the long-awaited event of the canonization of Mother Teresa. At a Roman Catholic canonization service held on the St. Peter’s Square in Vatican, in front of hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint. There is no denying the fact that Mother Teresa was one of the most famous, respected, influential, and admired personalities of the 20th century, but to many people, she was known just as “a nun who helped the poor and sick.” It was her incredible charitable and missionary efforts that made her famous all over the world, but in fact, there are many more things about this inspirational woman that are worth remembering. To pay tribute to Mother Teresa, the latest Roman Catholic saint, we took a closer look at her remarkable life and compiled a list with some little known facts about this legendary nun and missionary. From interesting facts about her background and the miracles she is believed to have performed to her friendship with Princess Diana, here are 25 Fascinating Facts About Mother Teresa And Her Extraordinary Life.


Mother Teresa is also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, but her original name was Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. The word “Anjeze” means "a little flower" in Albanian.

Mother TeresaSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: India 7 Network via flickr.com

Mother Teresa was born on 26 August 1910, but she later considered 27 August, the day she was baptized, to be her "true birthday."

Mother TeresaSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

For most of her life, Mother Teresa helped the poor. However, contrary to some popular beliefs, she herself was not born into a poor family. Her family was financially secured and owned two houses.

Mother Teresa houseSource: legacy.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Both of Mother Teresa's parents were Kosovo-Albanians, but she was born in Skopje, the current capital of Macedonia. Back in 1910, the city was a part of the Ottoman Empire.

SkopjeSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Mother Teresa spent most of her life in India, where she arrived in 1929, aged 19. She once said, "By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, I am an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”

Mother TeresaSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: youtube.com

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