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Profile: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

india Updated: Aug 27, 2009 02:16 IST

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Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 and died on September 5, 1997.

Her birth name was Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu.

She was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship.

Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata in 1950.

Mother devoted about 45 years of her life in the service of the poor, sick, orphaned and dying.

She expanded Missionaries of Charity first throughout India and then in other countries.

Mother won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She also received the highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna in 1980 for her humanitarian services.

Missionaries of Charity was operating 610 missions in 123 countries at the time of her death.

After her death, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.