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This Happened — August 26: Mother Teresa Is Born

Mother Teresa was born on this day in 1910.

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Who was Mother Theresa?

Mother Teresa, born as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje (now North Macedonia), was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation that provided care and assistance to the sick, poor, orphaned, and dying. She established numerous centers around the world, including hospices, homes for the destitute and abandoned, and clinics.

What are some of Mother Teresa's notable achievements?

Mother Teresa's notable achievements include receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. She was also canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church and declared a saint on September 4, 2016 by Pope Francis, recognizing her exceptional holiness and the impact of her life's work.

Did Mother Teresa face any criticism or controversy?

Yes, Mother Teresa faced some criticism and controversy. Some individuals questioned the quality of medical care provided in her facilities, while others debated the religious motivations behind her work. Additionally, her stance on issues such as abortion and contraception attracted differing opinions and discussions.

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The Pope's Bronchitis Can't Hide What Truly Ails Church — Or Whispers Of Succession

It is not only the health of the Pope that worries the Holy See. From the collapse of vocations to the conservative wind in the USA, there are many ills to face.

 Pope Francis reaches over to tough the hands of devotees during his  General Audience at the Vatican.​

November 29, 2023: Pope Francis during his wednesday General Audience at the Vatican.

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ROME — "How am I? I'm fine... I'm still alive, you know? See, I'm not dead!"

With a dose of irony and sarcasm, Pope Francis addressed those who'd paid him a visit this past week as he battled a new lung inflammation, and the antibiotic cycles and extra rest he still must stick with on strict doctors' orders.

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The Pope is dealing with a sensitive respiratory system; the distressed tracheo-bronchial tree can cause asthmatic reactions, with the breathlessness in his speech being the most obvious symptom. Tired eyes and dark circles mark his swollen face. A sense of unease and bewilderment pervades and only diminishes when the doctors restate their optimism about his general state of wellness.

"The pope's ailments? Nothing compared to the health of the Church," quips a priest very close to the Holy Father. "The Church is much worse off, marked by chronic ailments and seasonal illnesses."

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