Mother Theresa was a devoted nun and missionary of Roman Catholic Church. Her life was dedicated to help the poor all around the world, particularly in Calcutta, India. She also established the Order of the Missionaries of Charity.

Since her life was so amazing and many people felt her help and miracle, after her death, the generous nun was canonized and declared as Roman Catholic Saint under the name of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Below is her biography.

Brief Biography

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta was known as the greatest humanitarian of the 20th century. She was a nun but her entire life was given to the poor and to those in need. She was caring the sick and the poor every single day of her life, earning her the title “Mother” before her name.

Saint Teresa and her order established numerous aids and public facilities for the poor, including hospitals and caring centers for disable people. Her hard work in helping those in needs earned her 1979 Nobel Prize in Piece.

Early Life and Family Life

Mother Theresa was born on August 26th 1910. She was born in Skopje, Macedonia with the name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Both her father and mother, Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhi were both Albanian who lived in India for many years.

The Bojaxhiu family was very religious. Little Agnes was also very pious, especially after her father died when she was eight years old. Not long after that time, she decided to dedicate her life to Christ and to the Catholic Church.

The Calling

Even though little Agnes Bojaxhiu had decided to become a nun since she was less than ten years old, her true calling did not come until she was twelve. At that time, she was going on a religious pilgrimage with her family.

During that pilgrimage, she experienced her calling. She felt like she was personally called by God to devote her life entirely for the church and for Christ. It was there also where she found her life goal to help and serve the poor.


Mother Theresa became a nun in 1928 when she was 18 years old. She was called Sister Mary Teresa. In her early nunhood, she became a teacher and a school principal. She was also teaching poor children in Darjeeling, India.

In her later nunhood, she started to travel in Calcutta’s slums to treat the sick and poor. They gave the aid to the unloved, uncared for, and unwanted people in the slums. She also established school and home for the dying in the area.

Death and Canonization

The kind-hearted nun died on September 5th 1997. She was 87 years old. Her cause of death was complications of health issues, including heart problem, lung problem, and also kidney problem.

Because of her dedicated life to the poor, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 2003. After that, on September 4th 2016, she was canonized as saint by Pope Francis, declaring her as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Everyone should know about Saint Teresa of Calcutta. She was the greatest example of humanity and kindness in human being. Even though she was no longer around, Mother Theresa’s legacy is going to be respected and remembered.

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