Mother Teresa was born in Uskub, Ottoman Empire on August 26, 1910. The city is now called as Skopje and is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Her birth name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was eight years old and she was raised by her mother
Agnes, as she was originaklly known, grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and decided to devote her life to God at an early age. When she turned 18, Agnes joined the Sisters of Loreto to become a missionary to India. But before she could visit India, she had to learn English. She spent a year in Ireland learning to speak English at the Loreto Abby.
In the file photo, Mother Teresa is seen with India's former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Pic/AFP
Did you know? Mother Teresa never saw her mother or sister again after leaving her home to become a missionary.
In the file photo, Mother Teresa comforts Ramu, who was known as the Indian wolf boy as the sight of blood and raw meat allegedly excited him. Pic/AFP
Mother Teresa took her vows as a nun in 1931, choosing the name Teresa to honour Saints Therese of Lisieux and Teresa of Avila
In the file photo, Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is seen with Mother Teresa a day after he took the oath of office as India's 10th prime minister. Photo: AFP
Mother Teresa started teaching history and geography at St. Mary’s in Calcutta, a high school for the daughters of the wealthy. She worked there for 15 years and enjoyed the work, but was distressed by the poverty that she witnessed all around her.
In the file photo, Kiran Bedi greets Mother Teresa
In 1948 Mother Teresa set aside her nun’s habit and adopted the simple sari and sandals worn by the women that she was living among with. She also moved to a small rented hovel in the slums to begin her service for the people
In the file photo, Mother Teresa is seen with Queen Elizabeth II
One of the first projects that Mother Teresa worked on was to teach the children of poor families.
In the file photo, Nuns stand and pray before the body of Mother Teresa at the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. Mother Teresa passed away on September 5, 1997. Pic/AFP
Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa was honored with many awards throughout her life, from the Indian Padma Shri in 1962 to the inaugural Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971 to Albania’s Golden Honour of the Nation in 1994. But among all of them, the most famous was the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
This file photo was taken on December 1979 shows Mother Teresa in Oslo with the Nobel Peace Prize. Pic/AFP
Did you know? Mother Teresa refused the traditional Nobel honor banquet, instead requested that the 192,000 dollars budget be given to help the poor people of India.
In the file photo, Mother Teresa is seen with Palestine leader Yasser Arafat
After being beatified in 2003, Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa was canonised on September 4, 2016. In a ceremony that was held at St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis declared her a saint
Today is Mother Teresa's birth anniversary. On the occasion, here's a collection of rare pictures of the Nobel laureate who is remembered most for serving the poor across the world
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