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Mother Teresa symbolizes charity, humility and empathy – a woman who reached out to the poorest of the poor.
Born in Macedonia, Mother Teresa first arrived in India in 1929 as a missionary. In 1950 she established the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and for more than 45 years, she dedicated her life to help the needy and the sick.
Mother Teresa believed in the dignity of every human being and worked tirelessly for improving the lives of the downtrodden. Her compassion touched and continues to transform the lives of people from varying faiths, nationalities and walks of life. She was awarded the Padmashri Award in 1962 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. In 2003 she was beatified by the Catholic Church.
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Why we find her inspiring:
– For ‘being the change’ and showing us that all humans are meant to be treated equally
– For proving that little acts of love and kindness can make an enormous difference
– For her grace, wisdom and faith in the goodness of people
– For leading by example and being a beacon of hope for the underprivileged
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