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The birth centenarycelebrations of Mother Teresa remind us of the enormous potential that resides in human beings, to serve humanity with unwavering faith and love.
Her Order, Missionaries of Charity, today has chapters in 123 countries with about 5,000 members and countless othervolunteers, serving the poor, the abandoned and the sick.
The eastern Himalayan ranges of Darjeeling in 1929 received a young nun from Macedonia, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, who had left her home at the age of 18 toserve humanity. Agnes chose the name Teresa after arriving in India and took religious vows as a nun
After spending 20 yearsteaching as part of the Loreto order in India, in 1948, she left her convent out of agenuine urge to work among marginalised people in the streets of Kolkata. She also adopted Indian citizenship.
Nuns watchcelebrations to mark the centennial of the Mothersbirth, in Kolkata
Superior General of Missionaries of Charity SisterPrema (R) with her predecessor SisterNirmala during the celebrations in Kolkata
Nuns share a lighter moment with an inmate at a home run by the Missionaries ofCharity, in Kolkata.
Patients of the Mother Teresa Home for Sick and Destitute pray in front ofher portrait in Ahmedabad
Nuns of the Missionaries ofCharity and Roman Catholicpriests recite a prayer beside the Mothers monument in her native town of Skopje, Macedonia, during a ceremony to mark the centennial of her birth
Nuns attend an exhibition of Raghu Rai’s photographs "Mother Teresa - A LifeDedicated , in New Delhi
Mother saw thedivine in the eyes of the poor and the sick, and treatedthem as the children of God.
She moved mountains with her faith, inspiring millions to serve their fellow beings.
On the occasion of the birth centenary of Mother Teresa, the centenary edition of herbiography, authored by former Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla, was released at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday. The picture shows President Pratibha Patil receiving a copy of the book from Indian Council for Cultural Relations president Karan Singh. Mr. Chawla is also seen. Photo: V.V.Krishnan
President Pratibha Patil greets members of the Missionaries of Charity at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.