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Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was her birth name. The Albanian term "Anjeze" means "a little flower."

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Although she was originally born on August 26, 1910, she later altered her birthdate to August 27, in honour of the day she was baptised. She believed that this was her "true birthday."

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At the age of 12, Mother Teresa made the decision to dedicate her life to religion. Stories about the life of missionaries and their work in India had always captivated her.

1. Mother Teresa, being 18 years old, moved to India but first went to Ireland to study English. She never again saw her mother or sisters after that.

1. Mother Teresa was a teacher at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta from 1928 until 1948. After that, she gave up her job to help the sickest and poorest residents of Calcutta's slums. She reported hearing from Jesus, who instructed her to flee.

1. Mother Teresa rescued 37 children who were confined in a hospital in 1982, at the height of the Siege of Beirut. She travelled across the conflict zone with Red Cross personnel to the demolished hospital to remove the young patients.

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1. More than 120 accolades and honours were bestowed upon the legend, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.

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1. She even declined the customary Nobel honour luncheon in favour of asking that the $192k budget be utilised to aid the underprivileged in India.

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1. According to reports, Mother Teresa is said to have worked at least two miracles both while she was alive and after she passed away. She cured Monica Besra, an Indian woman who had a stomach tumour, in 1997. Marcilio Haddad Andrino, a Brazilian, was cured of numerous brain abscesses in 2008 after praying to a Mother Teresa relic.


1. Her friendship with Princess Diana is another intriguing truth. They even prayed together and strolled hand in hand through the streets of New York City for their final rendezvous in 1997.