Great Women of Indian History
Mother Teresa was born in Yugoslavia on 27 August 1910. Her original name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. At the age of twelve, she realised that she wanted to help the poor. She decided to train for missionary work and came to India at the age of nineteen to join the Sisters of Loretto, an Irish community of nuns with a mission in Kolkata. Mother Teresa's work has been recognised throughout the world, and she received a number of awards, the most prestigious being the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1971, she received the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize, the Bharat Ratna and many more. The great soul left the world on 5 September 1997.