Agnes Bojaxhiu, the future Mother Teresa, with her family on the day of her confirmation.
A Saint Is Born
Mother Teresa is born in Skopje, now part of Macedonia.
Mother Teresa, standing right, on the day she took her vows.
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A Journey to India
Joins the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland. There she learns English and is sent to the order’s girls’ school in Darjeeling, India, where she becomes a teacher, then principal.
Mother Teresa spent much of her adult life in Kolkata, India, ministering to that city's poor. She is seen here in 1976.
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Ministering to the Poor
After leaving the school, she learns nursing skills from other nuns, and begins her work with Kolkata’s poor.
Mother Teresa at a Missionaries for Charity house.
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A New Order
Wins church recognition for a new order, the Missionaries of Charity, and becomes its superior general.
Mother Teresa with John Sanness, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, during the award ceremony in Oslo in 1979.
Nobel Peace Prize
Wins the Nobel Peace Prize for her work among the poor. Told of the honor, she says, “I am unworthy.” Her order has grown to 1,800 nuns and 120,000 lay workers, running nearly 200 centers and homes.
Mother Teresa attending Mass at St. Rita's Church in the Bronx in 1980.
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A Visit to the United States
Visits a Missionaries of Charity house in the Bronx. The order opened its first house in the United States in Harlem in 1971, but soon moved to the Bronx.
Mother Teresa with two of the children she rescued from West Beirut in 1982.
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A Rescue Mission in Lebanon
Travels to Beirut, rescuing dozens of developmentally disabled children from the fighting there.
Mother Teresa with Pope John Paul II when he visited Kolkata in 1986.
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In Poor Health
Suffering from heart problems, Mother Teresa tells Pope John Paul II she will resign as head of her order to make way for younger hands. But the order cannot agree on a successor, and she stays on.
Mother Teresa blesses her successor, Sister Nirmala.
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In failing health, she steps aside and is replaced by Sister Nirmala.
Thousands of mourners, many of them members of the order Mother Teresa founded, attended her funeral.
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Sept. 5, 1997
The World Mourns
Dies in Kolkata of heart failure. She was 87.
Just six years after her death, Mother Teresa was beatified in a ceremony in Rome.
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Pope John Paul II beatifies Mother Theresa, the first step toward sainthood.
Shenjtja e parë shqiptare, Shenjte universale e kohëve moderne, që kremtohet në mbarë botën, ku vijon të jetojë në Krishtin e gjallë, në simotrat e, sidomos në të varfërit e saj. Radio Vatikani njofton se “vlojnë përgatitjet, e jo në një fshat, qytet a komb, por kudo ngrihet një strehë e të mjerëve, vepër e Nënë Terezës. E sidomos, thënë simbolikisht, në “tri vendlindjet e saj”: në Selinë e Shenjtë, vendlindje e shpirtit; në Indi, vendlindje e misionit; në Shkup, Tiranë, Prizren, Gjakovë, në të gjitha trojet shqiptare: vendlindje e korpit e gurrë e gjakut. Sa shumë vendlindje e vende misioni pati kjo Grua e Madhe, që rroku, me krahët e saj të brishtë, mbarë botën, duke e bërë kudo të prekshme Mëshirën Hyjnore.
Papa Pali VI e quajti “Mishërim mistik në të varfërin”; Gjon Pali II “Ikonë e misionit në shekullin XX”; Benedikti XVI “Dishepulle e vërtetë e Krishtit, shembull që tregon si duhet t’u shërbejmë të varfërve”. dhe njerëzimit.