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English - Enterprising People

Enterprising People 3 - Mother Teresa

Enterprising: (adjective).  Showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects.


Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), born Agnesë Gonxhe Boja, was an Albanian Catholic nun with Indian citizenship who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1950.

For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

By the 1970s she was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary and book Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work.
Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counselling programs, orphanages, and schools.

She has been praised by many individuals, governments and organizations.

Mr S. Sutton

Try Our "Brain Challenge"


Five Questions!

          1. Why might an Albanian nun have been given Indian citizenship? Give reasons for               your answer.
          2. In your own words, describe what Mother Theresa is famous for.
          3. Why are the words “Something Beautiful for God” written in Italic font?
          4. What exactly did the Pope do to or for Mother Theresa?
          5. Write down one reason why she became famous.


        Five Words !

      Write the following words in your jotter. Look at the words in a dictionary, or ask an           adult to help with their meanings. Write the meaning for each word in your jotter, beside       the word.

       beatified          humanitarian           advocate          leprosy          tuberculosis       

        Research/Personal Investigation

      Which countries border Albania?

      Find out more about the Nobel Prize..


Mr S. Sutton

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