Essay about Mother Teresa

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<b>Biography</b>
<br>Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born August 26, 1910 in Skopje, in Macedonia. Her childhood was comfortable and prosperous due to her father's success. Her father encouraged his children to be generous and compassionate to those less fortunate. Her mother was very religious and she took the children to morning mass. Agnes often helped her mother deliver parcels of food and money to the poor and prayed with the whole family every evening. The family's life changed dramatically after their father's death, when Agnes was 9. Although now poor themselves, they continued to help those less fortunate. Christianity became increasingly important in Agnes' life. From the age of 12, she was aware of a desire to devote her life to God.
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Within a year there were eight leprosy stations. In February 1965, Pope Paul VI gave permission for her congregation to become a Society of Pontifical Right. In July 1965, the Missionaries opened their first home outside India, in Venezuela and over the next few years others opened up all over the world.
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<br>Mother Teresa began to win International awards along with large cash prizes to help her work. By 1970, there were about 585 Sisters, which worked for Mother Teresa. Throughout the 1970's new centres were opened from Australia to the Middle East. In the middle of 1971, Calcutta suffered horribly. Millions of homeless, starving people poured in from what was to become Bangladesh because of a bloody civil war in Pakistan. The emergency began with a cyclone followed by a tidal wave, shortly after, fighting broke out and the refugees made their way into Bengal, one of the world's poorest provinces. Mother Teresa and her Sisters tended to the sick and dying. By 1975, the Missionaries had 32 homes for the dying, 67 leprosariums and 28 children's homes around the world. On October 16 1979, the Nobel Committee pronounced Mother Teresa the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which she accepted in the name of the poor. At the start of the 1980's there were 140 slum schools with daily feeding programs for nearly 50 000 people at 304 centres. There were 70 homes looking after 4 000 kids, 81 homes for the dying destitutes,

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