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All through her life, Mother Teresa served people selflessly. Read the biography and learn about Mother Teresa’s childhood, life and timeline.
Mother TeresaHow to Cite
Famous as: Serving the poor and destitute
Born on: 27 August 1910
Born in: Skopje, Macedonia
Died on: 05 September 1997
Zodiac Sign: Virgo Famous Virgos
Works & Achievements: A Noble Peace Prize laureate, Mother Teresa helped the poor and destitute people living in the slums of Kolkata. The Roman Catholic Nun established center for AIDS patients in 1985 and founded Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1969. Her selfless service is recognized worldwide today.
Mother Teresa - God's gift to humanity - dedicated a major part of her life to serve the poor and destitute. Born as an Albanian, getting an Indian nationality later on, she became the Mother of the sick, destitute as well as impoverished. The Roman Catholic nun was the founder of Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in India. All through her life, Mother Teresa helped and served people suffering from various incurable diseases, affected by natural calamities and those unwanted by the society. Love, humanity and helping others selflessly were her reasons to live on Earth.
MOTHER TERESA TIMELINE
Born as Agnes Gionxhu Bejuxhiu ans in Skopje in the former Yugoslavia
Becomes Roman Catholic Loretto nun and begins noviate training in Loretto Abbey, Dublin, Ireland, takes name Sister Teresa
Arrives in Calcutta, India, becomes a teacher at St. Mary's High School
Takes final vows as a nun
Permitted to leave order and moves to slums to start school
Transfers her citizenship from Yugoslavia to India. Left the convent to work alone in the slums. Receives medical training in Paris
Founds the Missionaries of Charity
Opens Nirmal Hriday ("Pure Heart"), home for the dying
Begins her work with lepers for which her order becomes well known around the world
Order's first facility outside of Calcutta opens in Drachi, India
Wins first prize for work among the poor
The Catholic Church grants the order permission to organize missions outside of India
Receives the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize and uses the $25,000 to build a leper colony
Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for work with destitute and dying
Persuades the Israelis and Palestinians to cease fire long enough to rescue 37 retarded children from Beirut
Has heart attack while visiting Pope John Paul II
Awarded â€˜Medal of Freedom'
Suffers second heart attack, fitted with pacemaker
Re-elected superior general of her order of the Missionaries for Charity, despite her wish to step down
Enters the hospital in La Jolla, California for treatment of pneumonia andcongestive heart failure
Falls and breaks three ribs in May, hospitalized for malaria in August, undergoes surgery for blocked blood vessel in September
Falls and breaks collarbone in April, suffers malarial fever and left ventricle failure in August, receives honorary citizenship on November sixteenth
Steps down as the head of her order, is succeeded by Sister Nirmala
Dies of a massive heart attack in Calcutta at the age of 87 on September 5.