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Mother Teresa: Key moments in the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Born in a family of ethnic Albanians in Skopje in 1910, Teresa left her home at the age of 18 and later joined the `Sisters of Loreto` located in Irelands`s Rathfarnham. Mother Teresa, whose actual name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, moved to India in the late 1920s

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Mother Teresa: Key moments in the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta
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On the occasion of 110th birth anniversary of Mother Theresa, people all around the world are paying tributes, and celebrating her magnificent life experiences, and her contribution towards mankind.

The Mother, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, is known for her monumental work for the sick, the dying, the poor and the orphaned. However, she refused to accept it and urged the jury to contribute the prize money of USD 192,000 for helping the poor people of India.

Born in a family of ethnic Albanians in Skopje in 1910, Teresa left her home at the age of 18 and later joined the `Sisters of Loreto` located in Irelands`s Rathfarnham. Mother Teresa, whose actual name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, moved to India in the late 1920s

Here are the key moments in the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta :

1. Mother Teresa moved to Calcutta in early 1929 where she became a teacher, and consequently the headmistress at a convent school.

2. Responding to what Teresa described as a "call within a call", she set up the Missionaries of Charity, officially established as a religious congregation in 1950.

3. The Indian government granted her citizenship in 1951.

4. In 1952, she set up the first home for the dying, and in 1957 her first mobile leprosy clinic. She worked for three decades in India before leaving for the first time in 1960, going to the United States (US) to address the National Council of Catholic Women.

5. In 1965, Pope Paul VI granted the Decree of Praise to Mother Teresa's religious order, bringing it directly under Vatican jurisdiction. That same year the first Missionaries of Charity house outside India was founded, in Venezuela. Others later opened in Italy, Tanzania, Australia, and the United States.

6. In 1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for the world's destitute. 

7. Despite her chronic helth problems which include arthritis, failing eyesight and heart problems she continued to work. In 1988 she opened her first communities in the former Soviet Union.

8. In December 2015, Pope Francis opened the way for her canonisation by approving a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to her intercession with God -- the healing of a Brazilian who recovered from a severe brain infection in 2008.

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