NAHC Honors Mother Teresa on her Canonization
“The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” – Mother Teresa (1910-1997)
She was born Agnes Bojaxhiu to an Albanian family in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia on August 26, 1910, but the world came to know her as Mother Teresa of Calcutta. During her 87 years of life, Mother Teresa was the personification for of caring and mercy for countless people of all faiths around the world.
On September 4, 2016 Mother Teresa will become a saint when she is canonized by Pope Francis in Rome. Beatified in October 2003, Mother Teresa’s ascension to sainthood is one of the swiftest in recent decades.
Even as a young girl, Mother Teresa knew she wanted to be a nun and serve the poor. Her dream came true in 1928 when she joined the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Sisters of Loreto, and was assigned to a convent in Calcutta (Kolkata.) In 1946 Mother Teresa received a vision from God, instructing her to create a religious order offering unconditional love to the poorest of the poor. That was the genesis of the Missionaries of Charity, a congregation of mercy that has grown to 5800 women and men in 139 countries.
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