Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa - Albanian history

Mother Teresa was a catholic religious sister and missionary. Her mother was an albanian ethnic but her fathers ethnicity is unknown, some claiming to be macedonian, some aromanian. She lived in Macedonia for about 18 years before moving to Ireland and then to India where she lived for most of her life. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in India in 1950, a roman-catholic religious congregation who runs hospicies, orphanages, schools and homes for people who are suffering from various diseases. The members must vow for a life of chastity, poverty and obedience.

She was the smallest child from her family, originary from Shkodër, Albania, her parents being Nikollë and Drana Bojaxhiu. Her father was an active member in the albanian politics but in 1919 he died and her mother continued to raise her as a roman-catholic. Agnesë left home in 1928 to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland to learn english and to become a missionary. Her family moved in Tirana, Albania in 1934 but she never came to see them again. Mother Teresa took her first religious vows as a nun in 24 May 1931 and her solemn vows on 14 May 1937 in Calcutta. She began her missionary work with the poor in 1948, quickly gained the Indian citizenship and started a school. Her efforts caught the attention of the officials who expressed appreciation.

On the 7th of October 1950, Mother Teresa received the Vatican’s permission to start the diocesan congregation “Missionaries of Charity”. With the help of the indian officials she converted an abandoned Hindu temple to the Kalighat Home for the dying ( a free hospice for the poor ). In 1955 she opened “The Children’s Home of the Immaculate Heart” as a haven for orphans and homeless youth. Mother Teresa opened houses for orphans, leper houses and others in various countries across the world such as Venezuela ( 1st one outside India ), Italy, Tanzania, Austria and others. She said “”By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”

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