Teresa was a Roman nun in Calcutta, India. She worked with many nuns who
belong to the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. The order feeds the
poor and has established schools, orphanages, and youth centers. People
everwhere admired Mother Teresa for her dedication to destitute
adults and children all over the world.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia. Her family was very religious and helped the hungry and homeless. When she was nine, her father died and life became difficult. However, the family was happy and full of life.
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At eighteen, Agnes became a nun at the Loreto Abbey in Dublin, Ireland, and adopted the name Mary Teresa. A few months later, she became a teacher at the Loreto Convent School in Calcutta, India, where she taught the daughters of wealthy people. Later, she was named the principal of the school and was called Mother Teresa.
1948, Mother Teresa left the order to live among and to help the poorest people
in Calcutta. After she learned about the illness of the poor, she started to
work with the Missionaries of Charity and medical proffesionals who had
volunteered their help. Subsequently, her work expanded to ninety-five
countries, including Venezuela, Italy, Tanzania, Great Britain, Australia, and
the United States.
Teresa was admired all over the world for her work. In 1979, she was awarded
the Novel Peace Prize in Norway. Young Nowegians presented her with thousands
of dollars they had collected to help her in her work. At Harvard University
graduation ceremonies, Mother Teresa received an honorary award. The day before
the ceremony, she spoke to the graduates, who listened with great respect and
gave her a standing ovation. In November 1995, in a ceremony at St.
Paulís Church in San Francisco, thirty nuns became volunteers for Mother
Teresa. Indeed, Mother Teresa was respected by people in all walks of life.
Teresa died on September 6, 1997 at the age of 87. Mother Teresa had spent most
of her life caring for the forgotten people of the world. She felf unworthy of
the many honors she had received. However, they enabled her to raise funds to
continue her fine work among the destitute, and for that, she was truly
tepuk tangan pujian sebagai pujian
nun: suster biara Katolik
orang miskin terlantar
ophanages: panti asuhan anak yatim
Missionaries of Charity: misionaris cinta kasih karya amal