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Date of Birth 26 August 1910Üsküb, Ottoman Empire [now Skopje, Macedonia]
Date of Death 5 September 1997Calcutta, India  (heart failure)
Birth NameAgnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 in Üsküb, Ottoman Empire as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She died on September 5, 1997 in Calcutta, India.

Trivia (19)

Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a stress to peace" (1979).
Marvel Comics published a comic book about her life entitled "Mother Teresa of Calcutta" (1985).
Was made an honorary citizen of the USA by President Bill Clinton.
Founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India (October 1950), which had over 610 missions in 123 countries at the time of her death.
First and only person to be featured on an Indian postage stamp while still alive.
Died nine days after her 87th birthday and just five days after the death of Princess Diana, who supported charity and once met her in India.
Was of Albanian origin.
Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003.
Often addressed by her middle name, Gonxha, which means 'flower bud' in Albanian.
Born to Nikola Bojaxhiju and his wife Drane, she was the youngest of the family's children.
Fluent in English, Albanian, Serbo-Croat, Bengali, and Hindi.
While being a nun, she taught geography and basic literacy.
Diagnosed with heart problems in 1974, a fact which she tried to keep secret.
She was awarded an Honorary A.C. (Companion of the Order of Australia) on January 26, 1982 for her services to Australia and humanity worldwide.
The airport of Albania's capital Tirana was named "Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza" in 2002.
Was chosen "most admired person of the 20th century" by a poll in the United States (1999).
Joined the Sisters of Loreto as a missionary at the age of 18, which meant that she would never see her family again.
Pictured on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp issued 5 September 2010 in Washington, DC.
After her death, she was laid to rest in a simple room at the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, the convent where she lived and worked. The long, narrow room, once the convent's dining room, faces the street. [September 1997]

Personal Quotes (3)

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you live as you wish.
The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace. And peace begins with a smile.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

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