Bl. Teresa of Calcutta


 
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    Daughter of an Albanian businessman who died when Agnes was nine years old. Nun, missionary and teacher in Calcutta, India in 1928. In 1948 she left the convent to work alone with the poor, and became an Indian citizen. She founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. In 1957 the Missionaries of Charity started their work with lepers and in disaster areas. She received the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1972, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and the Missionaries today work in 30 countries.

Born
    26 August 1910 in Skopje, Albania (modern Macedonia)

Died
    5 September 1997 in Calcutta, West Bengal, India of natural causes

Venerated
    20 December 2002 by Pope John Paul II

Beatified
    19 October 2003 by Pope John Paul II



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