What Is Mother Teresa Famous For

What are reasons why Mother Teresa was famous?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the most fundamental of ways, Mother Teresa represents the best of humanity.  Her willingness to bring attention to the plight of those in Calcutta and, in all sincerity, all over the world who live in poverty is the reason why she was famous.  Her openness and pure st sense of care for those who are considered to be the most destitute in the world made her a paragon of compassion and love for all humanity.  There was little in way of political agenda apparent (outside of espousing the views of her Catholic Church) and even less in way of self serving motives.  Part of the reason why she is famous is for her good works, but also her inspiration to others in joining her in the selfless pursuit of helping others and making life a little bit more bearable.  In a twentieth century that saw the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, the dropping of the Atomic bomb, and so many examples of genocide and murder, Mother Teresa reminded us that while there can be much bad, there are individuals who can remind us of all that is good within human beings.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

She was famous because she unselfishly dedicated her life to the people of India when she would not have had to do so.  That is why she is widely seen as a very holy person.

Mother Teresa left her parents home in what is now Macedonia to become a nun when she was only 18.  When she was 21, she went to India and spent the rest of her life there.  For much of that time, she was running a ministry that took care of the poorest people in the cities.

Because she was so selfless, she has become famous and widely revered.


readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

She is famous, because she was a person who was faithful to her profession of faith in Christ. In other words, she was a faithful and humble Christian. In fact, she went to help the poorest of the poor in Calcutta India. She worked with lepers, outcasts and the homeless. And she did this for her life mission without seeking fame for anyone. This fact made her an inspiration to many people, not just Christians. She won people over by her humility and service, not her wealth or power.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was a Catholic nun of Albanian Origin who migrated to India in 1929 at the age of 19 and lived there for rest of her life, adopting Indian citizenship.

Mother Teresa was perhaps the greatest humanitarian of her time. In 1948 Mother Teresa was given permission to leave the convent and work to serve the poor and needy in Calcutta. In 1950 she started her own mission called Missionaries of Charity. The work of this organization has spread all over the World. Through this organization Mother Teresa has provided food, medical aid, shelter and education to the poorest of the poor and neediest of the needy, not only in Calcutta or India, but nearly in 100 countries all over the world.

In recognition of her work and her achievements, Mother Teresa was awarded many prizes and honours including Nobel Prize for peace. Currently the process of officially recognizing her as a saint is in progress.

mkcapen1 | Student

Mother Teresa was a strong advocate for the less fortunate in India.  She broke down a barrier when she decided to step out of the comfort zone of the convent to go to the people that were considered to be derelicts and unworthy.  India has a caste system and the lepers and beggars are the lowest in the hierarchy. 

Mother Teresa served as an image to the world of kindness and dedication to spreading the Gospel through actions and kindness.  She was 38 years old when she came to realize that her mission was to serve the poor of India.  She went into the slums of Calcutta and created an order called "the sisters of Charity."  She had the Pope's blessing.  In 1969 a documentary that demonstrated her work and the dedication she had to helping the people.  It was then that she became famous.  The world was experiencing the daily view of war in Vietnam and here came a break showing real love and compassion. 

Mother Teresa saw her new celebrity status as the right time to make the world more aware of poverty and the needs of people.  In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  She continued her work until her death leaving behind many others to follow in her footsteps.


iamkaori | Student

Mother Teresa was known for her selflessness and love for other people, especially those who were less fortunate.

Although she did not live a life of luxury, she would offer help and care towards other people that she saw were suffering. She would show her love towards other people even though they did not like her. Slowly, they started to appreciate her, and ultimately love her as well. She would never complain about herself, but always thought of others.

sniper55 | Student

 Mother teresa is worldwide famous because she took care of poor people.

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