Mother Teresa: A Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, Macedonia on Auguest 26, 1910. At the young age of 12, she felt that she was called to serve God. When she was 18-years-old, she left home to joine the Sisters of Loreto, a community of Irish nuns who stationed missions in India. On May 24, 1931, Mother Teresa took her initial vows as a nun. She began her new vocation by teaching at St. Mary’s High School in Calcutta. She was swept with emotion by the suffering and poverty outside of the convent; and in 1948 she left her covent school to devote herself to serving the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. On October 7, 1950, she was granted permission from the Holy See to form her own order called “The Missionaries of Charity”. It was formed to provide love and care for those who were ignored and neglected. In 1965, by Pope Paul VI, the society became an International Religious Family. The Society of Missionaries exists all over the world and follows Mother Teresa’s storng values orf charity toward the poor. Her wonderful work has been praised throughout the world. She has won numberous awards including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the Nehru Prize in 1972, and the Balzan Prize in 1979.


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