Mother Teresa died on 5 September 1997.
Mother Teresa birth name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. At the age of 18 she became a Catholic nun in Ireland and chose the name of Sister Teresa, in memory of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
She migrated to India in 1929 at the age of 19 and lived there for rest of her life, adopting Indian citizenship.
Mother Teresa is famous all over the world for her work with the poor in India. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying. Because she was so selfless, she has become famous and widely revered.
Mother Teresa helped the poor and destitute people living in the slums of Kolkata. She established centre for AIDS patients in 1985 and founded Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1969.
In recognition of her work and her achievements, Mother Teresa was awarded many prizes and honours including Nobel Prize for peace in 1979. Currently the process of officially recognizing her as a saint is in progress.