Mother Teresa fact file
Kolkata – Fact file on Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa, known as "the Saint of the Gutters" for her work among the poor, dying and destitute in India and across the world.
Name: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, also known as Mother Teresa
Born: August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia
1928: Decides to become a missionary at the age of 18
1929: Arrives in India. Begins her novitiate in Darjeeling, near the Himalayan mountains.
1931: Takes her first vows as a nun and chooses the name of Teresa.
1946: Hears the "call within the call" to work for the poor
1948: Begins missionary work with the poor in Kolkata
1950: Receives Vatican's permission to start her own order
1951: Granted Indian citizenship
1952: Opens her first home for the dying and destitute in Kalighat.
1962: Receives Indian and Philippine government awards for her work
1975: Celebrates 25 years of Missionaries of Charity
1979: Wins Nobel Prize for Peace for humanitarian work
1980: Given India's highest civilian honour, the "Jewel of India".
1983: Taken to hospital in Rome with serious heart condition
1990: Resigns as Superior General of Missionaries of Charity due to failing health but re-elected
March 13 1997: Successor Sister Nirmala elected Superior General
September 5 1997: Dies in Mother House at the age of 87
September 13 1997: Given a state funeral which is attended by then US first lady Hillary Clinton
2003: Beatified by Pope John Paul II, an interim stage before being named a saint
2007: Private letters published showing she suffered crises of faith for most of her life and even doubted God's existence.