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Mother Teresa Awarded Nobel Prize (1979)

Mother Teresa Awarded Nobel Prize (1979)

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia on 26th August 1910 and knew that she would join the clergy at just the age of 12, eventually becoming a nun at the age of 18. In her early childhood, Mother Teresa’s family were financially comfortable, however, when her father died when she was just 8 years old, the family’s finances became very precarious. Mother Teresa first joined the Sisters of Loreto in Rathfarnham, Ireland but moved to Darjeeling, India after just a year (in which time she perfected her English). After taking her nunnery vows in 1931, she chose the name Teresa to honour Saints Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila. Mother Teresa taught history and geography at a prestigious school for 15 years before dedicating herself to charitable giving full time. This experience helped her teach some of the poorest children in India to read and write, by writing in the mud with sticks. Word quickly spread of Teresa’s good deeds and she soon had enough volunteers to launch the Mission of Charity, a congregation dedicated to helping the hungry. When Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, she asked that the budget for the banquet that would be held in her honour be donated to Indian charities.

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