Mother Teresa, who was born on August 26, 1910, led a life devoted to God. She was a member of two religious orders during her lifetime: Sisters of Loreto and Missionaries of Charity.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the Roman Catholic missionary:
1. The first interesting fact about Mother Teresa is that there is an airport named after her. The airport, Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza, is the only international one in Albania. It was named after the Christian missionary in 2001.
2. The humanitarian received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Although this is an interesting fact, it should not be surprising as she devoted her entire existence to helping people.
3. She established the Missionaries of Charity, which is a Roman Catholic religious congregation. An interesting tidbit of information about the religious congregation is that 4,500 sisters belong to it. These sisters are from 133 countries.
4. In order for the late Roman Catholic Religious Sister to become a saint, she must be credited with another miracle. She will probably eventually become a saint as she was a historically significant leader of the Roman Catholic faith.
5. Although she devoted her life to helping people in need, she was a controversial person. She has received some criticism throughout the years for her position on birth control and the conditions of the hospices that she helped organize.
6. She was a person of many nationalities during her lifetime. More specifically, she was a citizen of the Ottoman Empire, Kingdom of Serbia, Kingdom of Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and India. She spent most of her life in the last two countries.
7. Another interesting fact about the religious leader is that, although she was born on August 26, 1910, she did not view her actual birthday as her birthday. In fact, she viewed the day on which she was baptized as her birthday. She was baptized on August 27, in the Ottoman Empire.
8. Her father passed away in 1919. After he died, Mother Teresa’s mother raised her daughter. It is interesting to note that it was the mother who raised the well-known religious leader as a Roman Catholic.
9. The late Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, M.C., became interested in living a religious life when she read about missionaries in Bengal. She was only 12-years-old when she received inspiration to live a holy life.
10. The last interesting fact about the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient is that she became a member of the Sisters of Loreto when she was in her teenage years. After she left home to become a member, she never saw her mother or sister again.
“Mother Teresa Biography,” Biography.com.
“Mother Teresa of Calcutta,” Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center.