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Weird Stuff About Mother Teresa We Can't Just Ignore Anymore

Mother Teresa's reputation as a sweet old lady who just wanted to help the world's legions of poor, sick people has been all but solidified in popular culture. Her name is synonymous with charity. It gives us that warm sensation, like a memory of grandma's cookies, and we feel better about ourselves and humanity in general. Look how good some of us can be. But she had a shady side...

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Weird Stuff About Mother Teresa We Can't Just Ignore Anymore

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    The Messed Up Truth Of Mother Teresa

    The Messed Up Truth Of Mother Teresa

    She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work, says Biography. Her status as the epitome of selflessness was reinforced when the Catholic Church declared Mother Teresa a saint on September 4, 2016, further entrenching a feeling of blasphemy when questioning the popular conception of the nun as the benevolent woman who eased the burden of those suffering in extreme poverty.

    The Dark Truth Behind Mother Teresa's Exorcism

    The Dark Truth Behind Mother Teresa's Exorcism

    Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in Macedonia in 1907. The woman would enter history as Mother Teresa of Calcutta and spent most of her life in India. In 1948, Mother Teresa founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to the poor, particularly to people in India (via Britannica). Her restless work brought needed attention to poverty in India, and she received a Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979.

    A Prominent Donor For Mother Teresa Was Convicted Of Investment Fraud

    A Prominent Donor For Mother Teresa Was Convicted Of Investment Fraud

    Mother Teresa is one of the most famous women of all time. Her name has become synonymous with piety and generosity, a known humanitarian who worked in India (via Biography). Having grown up in a religious household, she decided to join a Catholic order of women teachers at the age of 18, and not long after was sent to India, where she taught for many years. When she was 36 years old, she felt she received a message from Jesus Christ, which inspired her to work with poor people in the Indian city of Calcutta, ensuring that they had educational opportunities and the medical care they needed. Mother Teresa's organization quickly attracted donations and grew rapidly, and by the late 1990s it was working in over 100 countries.

    Christopher Hitchens: The Man Who Called Mother Teresa A Fraud

    Christopher Hitchens: The Man Who Called Mother Teresa A Fraud

    In his memoir, "Hitch-22," the British-American writer and intellectual Christopher Hitchens recalls his visit to the Vatican, where, in front of a trio of Catholic clergymen who were gathering evidence for the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, he made the case that the woman in question — who, for many, was worthy of sainthood — was not the angel the world considered her to be.

    Real-Life Heroes Who Are Actually Pretty Terrible People

    Real-Life Heroes Who Are Actually Pretty Terrible People

    In a scary world, where everything on the news seems to be bad all the time, it's so nice when a real-life hero emerges. There are some people out there who do selfless things most of us could never dream of. Day in and day out, they dedicate their lives to science, or charity, or just making the world a better place. Many people benefit directly from their actions, and we all benefit from knowing that we can be better, that deep down humanity is good. And then they break your freaking heart because no person is perfect. Wait long enough and eventually that pedestal you put them on crumbles to dust.

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