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Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Saint Teresa of Calcutta was an Albanian-Indian nun and missionary.
Known around the world simply as Mother Teresa, her work in founding the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 focused much-needed attention on the plight of the poor and needy.
In her lifetime, Mother Teresa helped establish homes for those dying of HIV/AIDs, leprosy, and tuberculosis, as well as providing food, water, and healthcare to the poorest men, women and children of India. After her death on 5 September 1997, she was officially canonized by the Roman Catholic Church as St. Teresa of Calcutta in 2016.
She remains a controversial figure, alternately praised and criticized for her charity work, her outspoken views on abortion and contraception, and the poor conditions in the houses she established for the dying.
Mother Teresa’s words are known and repeated around the world for their message of love, hope, and charity. We’ve collected 115 of the best Mother Teresa quotes to inspire you to help others and make the world a better place.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading these Mother Teresa quotes! If you want to learn more about the nun who became a saint, Mother Teresa’s own writings and the recently revised biography by Katherine Spink are great places to start.
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