The world will celebrate the centenary of Mother Teresa on August 26. A quiz on the global symbol of compassion...
1. What was the birth or christened name of Mother Teresa?
2. In which modern day city/country was she born in 1910?
3. Aged 18, which convent did Gonxha Agnes enter as a novice and in honour of which saint did she take the name Teresa?
4. What significant event happened on May 24, 1937, when Sister Teresa was a teacher at a girls' school in Kolkata?
5. September 10, 1946, is the ‘Inspiration Day' in Mother's life as she received her “call within a call” on that day. What was she doing when she received that inspiration?
6. After two years of testing and discernment, what move did Mother Teresa make on August 17, 1948?
7. In October 1950, thanks to the Mother's perseverance, a new congregation was officially established in the Archdiocese of Calcutta. What is it called?
8. Name the first free hospice/home that the Mother for the dying destitutes in Kalighat in 1952 that functions to this day.
9. To which building would one now go to if one wanted to visit the nerve centre of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata?
10. What is the continuing, biggest contribution of the inmates of the Gandhiji Prem Nivas Leprosy Centre at Titagarh to the congregation?
11. Which globally-recognised award did the Mother receive in December 1979 “...for the glory of God and in the name of the poor”?
12. How did India honour the ‘Saint of the Gutters' in 1980?
13. Two of the best known works on the Mother are ‘Something Beautiful for God' and ‘Mother Teresa: The Authorized Biography', the second one by a former CEC. Name the authors.
14. What is the contribution of Monika Besra from Dakshin Dinajpur in West Bengal to the Mother Teresa legend?
15. Identify the date, on which the Mother passed away (in 1997), that is now the liturgical feast of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
Answers:1. Agnes Gonxha (or alternatively Gonxha Agnes) Bojaxhiu; 2. Skopje, the capital of Republic of Macedonia; 3. Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland and in honour of the French saint Therese of Lisieux; 4. She made her Final Profession of Vows, becoming the “spouse of Jesus” for “all eternity” and from that time on she came to be called Mother Teresa; 5. The Mother was on a train ride from Kolkata to Darjeeling for her annual retreat; 6. She passed through the gates of the Loreto convent to start her remarkable journey into the world of the poor; 7. Missionaries of Charity; 8. Nirmal Hriday; 9. ‘Mother House' at 54A Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road; 10. They weave the distinctive white saris with blue borders that the sisters of missionary wear; 11. The Nobel Prize for Peace; 12. She was awarded the Bharat Ratna; 13. Malcolm Muggeridge and Navin Chawla; 14. Her claim of an abdominal tumour being cured by a locket bearing the likeness of the Mother led to the latter's Beatification in October 2003 and being accorded the ‘Blessed' status; 15. September 5.