Born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje (now in Macedonia), Agnes Gonxha
Bojaxhiu was the daughter of Albanian parents - a grocer and his
wife. As a public school student she developed a special interest
in overseas missions and, by age 12, realised her vocation was aiding
She was inspired to work in India by reports sent home from Jesuit
missionaries in Bengal. At 18, she left home to join a community
of Irish nuns with a mission in Calcutta. She went into the slums
of Calcutta to start a school for children. They rechristened her
Through the years, Mother Teresa's fame grew, as did the magnitude
of her deeds. In 1950 she founded, the Missionaries of Charity.
She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
Mother Teresa helped Kolkata find its heart - she helped India
find its conscience.
The world has recognised her long ago as a born saint - but on
19 October, the Pope will formally declare her a miracle-worker.