World Remembers Mother Teresa on her 21st Death Anniversary

World Remembers Mother Teresa on her 21st Death Anniversary

On the 21st death anniversary of the Saint Mother Teresa, the world remembered the blue and white robed Nobel winner missionary for her undying dedication towards the downtrodden people of the society.

Mother Teresa was granted sainthood by Pope Francis in 2016 in the Vatican city.

Granted Indian citizenship in 1951, Mother Teresa was born Gonxha Agnes Bojaxhiu to ethnic Albanian parents in 1910 in Skopje, now the capital of Macedonia. She became a nun at the age of 16, joining the Loreto abbey in Ireland. Two years later she was given the name Sister Teresa.

In early 1929 she moved to Calcutta, now known as Kolkata, where she started as a teacher and 15 years later became a headmistress at a convent school. In 1946 she received "a call within a call" to establish a religious congregation named 'Missionaries of Charity'. The nuns of the order began calling her Mother Teresa.

Upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for the world's destitute in 1979, Mother Teresa said, "I am unworthy." On September 5, 1997, she died of a heart attack at her order's headquarters in Kolkata.

Beginning on 5 September 2013, the anniversary of her death was designated the 'International Day of Charity' by the United Nations General Assembly.

Source: The Times of India