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Mother Teresa

In fighting for the dignity of the destitute in a foreign land, she gave the world a moral example that bridged divides of culture, class and religion.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997), born Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1950. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

By the 1970s she had become internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary, and book, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India’s highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children’s and family counseling programs, orphanages, and schools.

She has been praised by many individuals, governments and organizations; however, she has also faced a diverse range of criticism. These include objections by various individuals, including Christopher Hitchens, Michael Parenti, Aroup Chatterjee, Vishva Hindu Parishad, against the proselytizing focus of her work; this included baptisms of the dying, a strong anti-abortion stance, and a belief in the spiritual goodness of poverty. Several medical journals also criticised the standard of medical care in her hospices and concerns were raised about the opaque nature in which donated money was spent.

Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

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Comments

  1. George says:

    Besides Mother Teresa of Calcutta – more commonly known to the world at large as Saint of the Gutters, there is said to be another silent, low profile and yet un-pronounced Saint of Calcutta (known unanimously by this name among the Missions Leadership in the U.S. AG ministries) – a good friend of Mother Teresa, was late Dr. Rev. Mark D Buntain – the founder of the Assembly of God Church School, Calcutta and Mission of Mercy Hospital etc.
    While he’d sown the first seed of his mission work in 1954 in a tent ministry in downtown Calcutta, Mark Buntain’s ministrial work had grown and is still growing from strength to strength. His widow wife – Dr.Mrs Huldah Buntain and their daughter – Mrs Bonnie Buntain Long now not only carry on his unfinished dreams but also continue to expanding the compassionate ministries’ holistic work he left behind.
    Salute to them both for making a difference in Calcutta.

  2. Walter says:

    Here’s a dedication of song by Sammi Cheng, a renown artist cum singer in Hong Kong, to Mother Teresa of Calcutta – which following her death was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQJsKMsElMI&feature=related

  3. Prasant says:

    Lovely Song.
    I was lucky to be in her funeral which was held in netaji indoor stadium kolkata, this was once in a life time experience and all the world leaders were under one roof, you name them and they were there. Very emotional, it brought back those memories.
    Thanks 2 u walter.