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Mother of the Helpless. Mother Teresa, born
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was a Roman Catholic
nun who dedicated her life to humanitarian
causes. Regarded as one of the most admired
persons of the 20th century, she brought global
awareness to poverty in India.
Beyond the Bounds. Mother Teresa comforts a patient at a hospital. At the time of her death in 1997, her charity operated 610 missions in 123 countries which included
hospices and homes for orphans, HIV/AIDS patients and people with leprosy.
The "Poorest of the Poor" .Assisting the poor and the disadvantaged on a street in India.
A Shelter for the Kids. When her charity began taking in large numbers of lost children, Mother Teresa created the Children's Home of the Immaculate Heart as a
haven for them.
Commemoration. In 1971 Pope Paul VI awards the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize to Mother Teresa for her work with the poor, her display of Christian charity and
her efforts toward world peace.
On the Streets of India. Teresa, in 1976, was known to be a great admirer of St. Francis of Assisi. He too emphasized poverty, chastity, obedience and submission to
Promoting World Peace.Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, Professor John Sanness, hands over the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize to Mother Teresa. She donates
the $192,000 award money to the impoverished people of India.
Inspiration. Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Mother Teresa in 1995 at the opening of the Mother Teresa Home for Infant Children in Washington.
The Humanitarian. For over 40 years, she devoted her life to the needs of the orphaned, penniless, and sick people of Calcutta.
The Ministry of Teresa. In 1948, when she was 38 years old, Teresa departed the convent in India she had been living in and set out to create her own ministry, the
Missionaries of Charity, where she attended to the most forsaken souls in Calcutta — the sick, the dying, the leprous. On top of that, she reached out to the city's
many homeless children of the city, giving them shelter and love. The home she opened to welcome them, Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, above, admitted any child who
Calcutta. Teresa's ministry arrived at a critical moment in the city's history, when its population was swelling with an influx of refugees from the fighting that had broke
out between India and Pakistan upon the end of British rule.
The Sisters. Inspired by a vision of Jesus, Teresa began her endeavor alone, but was soon joined by others. Until a branch for Catholic brothers was founded in
1963, the Missionaries of Charity were all women.
Day in the Life. The sisters rose at 4:40 am, attended
mass, then some fanned out across the city in search
of the sick and dying, while others stayed behind to
help out at the orphanage. In the photo above, the
sisters wash their saris.
Outreach.The children's home also welcomed pregnant homeless mothers and homeless mothers with infants.
Photo taken 20 October 1993 in Singapore of Mother Teresa blessing a child at the Gift of Love Home.
In this file picture taken, 15 August 1982, Mother Teresa hugs a child in West Beirut.
Nobel Peace Prize Mother Teresa speaks to the audience during the first day of the International colloquy called 'Liberties and Human rights' at the Hotel de Lassay in
Paris 30 May 1985.
Mother Teresa Blessing Sister Nirmala, the new head of the Missionaries of Charity, 14 March, at Mother Teresa's house in Calcutta. Sister Nirmala was elected to
replace Mother Teresa 13 March.
Photo dated 03 February 1986 shows Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II waving to well-wishers in Calcutta. Mother Teresa died of cardiac arrest 06 September in
Calcutta at age 87.
Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with Calcutta's poor, speaks at a press conference in Washington, DC 13 June
1986 about her work with children, lepers and AIDS victims. She was the guest speaker at an international health awards luncheon.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the humble nun known as the 'saint of the gutters', walks together with the brother Roger Schutz-Marsauche, founder and preacher of the
community of Taize, during her pilgrimage to Taize 23 October 1983.
Mother Teresa gives her blessing to a child at the Gift of Love Home on October 20, 1993, in Singapore. The 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner is on a stop-over while
enroute to China where she will set up a home for Chinese handicapped children in Shanghai.
Mother Teresa smiles at Cardinal James Hickey, and First Lady of the US Hillary Clinton (R) during ceremonies 19 June to dedicate a new home for infant children in
Washington, DC. The home, named for Mother Teresa, will provide a residence for children ages newborn to three years who are awaiting either adoption or placement
with a foster family.
Mother Teresa holds the hands of Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife during a reception held at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris 30 May 1985.
A 15 May 1997 file photo shows Mother Teresa greeting wellwishers at the Missionaries of Charity for destitute children in New Delhi.
File picture showing Mother Theresa, Nobel Peace Price 1979, praying with Brother Roger Schultz, the founder of the ecumenical Taize community with a child on
his knees in Taize, 23 October 1983.
In this file picture taken, 15 May 1997, Mother Teresa stands with nuns of the Missionaries of Charity For Destitute Children in New Delhi.
Nobel Peace Prize Mother Teresa receives from Pope John Paul II the registration book of a car that the pontife received as gift from Milan people during an audience
at the Vatican 30 May 1983. The Pope donated the car to Mother Teresa from the use of her benefit organization.
A file photo dated 06 January 1996 shows Mother Teresa addressing a crowd in New Delhi.
Photo taken 1988 in Amsterdam of Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa during a visit to the Netherlands. 1950 Mother Teresa created in India a religious order of
nuns called the Missionaries of Charity.
French Mayor of Paris Jacques Chirac speaks with Mother Teresa in a corridor of Paris' city hall 07 July 1985 after a meeting where Mother Teresa asked Jacques
Chirac for premises in the capital in order to help the more deprived.
This file picture taken, 02 March 1993, shows Mother Teresa greeting the press upon her arrival at Hong Kong's Kai Tak International Airport.
“I can do things you
cannot, you can do things
I cannot; together we can
do great things.”
“It's not how much we give but
how much love we put into
“Love is a fruit in season
at all times and within
reach of every hand.”
“In the silence of the heart God
speaks. If you face God in prayer
and silence, God will speak to
you. Then you will know that you
are nothing. It is only when you
realize your nothingness, your
emptiness, that God can fill you
with Himself. Souls of prayer are
souls of great silence.”
"If you judge people, you
have no time to love them."
“Let no one ever come to
you without leaving better
and happier. Be the living
expression of God's
kindness in your face,
kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile.”
“The person who gives with a
smile is the best giver because
God loves a cheerful giver.”
“Spread the love of
God through your life
but only use words
“Do not wait for leaders; do
it alone, person to person.”
“Love to be real, it must cost
—it must hurt—it must empty
us of self.”
“Never worry about
numbers. Help one
person at a time and
always start with the
person nearest you.”
“God doesn't require us
to succeed, he only
requires that you try.”