A journey through Mother Teresa's life in photographs, explaining the evolution of the Saint who started as another Christian missionary in India. By Raunak Sharma
Young Agnes's first call of God
Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910, as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia. Close to her mother, Agnes was very moved when her mother extended an open invitation to the city's destitute to dine with her family. This instilled in Anges a deep sense of charity. Her mother's advice to Agnes was "My child, never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others."
And, it was at the age 12 when Mother Teresa felt strongly the call of God.
From her parental home to Calcutta
At the age of 18, Agnes decided to become a nun and left her parental home in Skopje to join the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns in Dublin. From there she was sent to West Bengal, India. At Kolkata, in 1931, she for the first time made her Profession of Vows and was named 'Sister Mary Teresa'. And she started teaching in Calcutta at St. Mary School for girls, a school run by the Loreto Sisters.
From Sister Mary Teresa to Mother Teresa
In 1946 Mother Teresa experienced "a call within a call" which she described as a call from the Almighty to fulfil His heartfelt desire of serving the ?poorest of the poor?. Mother Teresa explained the experience as an order from Him, which she could not fail on any condition.
1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta, but the suffering and poverty she glimpsed outside the convent walls made a deep impression on her.
Missionaries of Charity
Mother Teresa's main mission became to serve Him by helping the ?unwanted, unloved and uncared' people. So, she found the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 at Calcutta. The primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after.
Mother Teresa and her members took the traditional vows of poverty, chastity (purity), and obedience, but they added a fourth vow?to give free service to the poorest.
Mother Teresa with Lepers
By 1960, Missionaries of Charity had opened several hospices, orphanages and leper houses all over India.
Nirmala Shishu Bhavan
Mother Teresa also opened a home for the orphans and homeless youths. She named it as Nirmala Shishu Bhavan or the Children's Home of the immaculate heart.
Mother Teresa receiving Noble Peace Prize
In the year 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace."
In the second picture, she is giving the Noble Prize acceptance speech, and began with the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi - "Lord, make a channel of Thy peace that, where there is hatred, I may bring love; that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness..."
Mother Teresa with Pope and Hilary Clinton
Pope John Paul II holds hands with Mother Teresa after visiting Mother Teresa's home for the destitute and dying in Calcutta, in 1986. And in the second picture, she is with the First lady Hillary Clinton at the opening of the Mother Teresa Home for Infant Children in Washington DC in 1995.
Honorary United States citizenship to Mother Teresa
In addition to her Nobel Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mother Teresa received honorary United States citizenship in the year 1996.
In the year 1951, Mother Teresa became an Indian citizen on 14 December 1951.
This is what Mother Teresa used to say about herself: ?By blood I am Albanian. My citizenship is Indian. I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the heart of Jesus.?
Two Miracles of Mother Teresa after her death
The Vatican needed instances of two miracles to confer sainthood to Mother Teresa. The first incident was reported by Monica Besra, age 35, seen here posing with a portrait of Mother Teresa. Monica claimed that her prayers to Mother Teresa resulted in her recovery from abdominal cancer.
And the second miracle was reported in 2008, Marcilio Haddad Andrino was a dying man from Brazil. It was discovered that he had eight brain abscesses. Andrino and his wife asked for the intercession of Mother Teresa and experienced a miracle.
The approval of these two miracles has been attributed to Mother Teresa, paving the way for her classification as a saint. Therefore, in the year 2016, Pope Francis declared her a saint.