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Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhin, got the name Mother Teresa after she became a nun of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1929, she visited India and deeply moved by the plight of poor and hungry people here, she decided to stay back.
In 1962, She received an Indian Citizenship. She founded the 'Missionaries of Charity', devoted to the working for the destitute, started 'Nirmal Hriday' homes for the sick, and ' Shishu Bhavan' for the disabled and mentally retarded children, 'Shanti Nagar', a colony for lepers where they were cared for, AIDS hospices, Slum School in 1948 and many such institutes and organizations for the poor and needy.
Mother Teresa received many national and international awards in recognition of her noble work for humanity. Some of them are: Nobel Peace Prize (1979), Bharat Ratna (1980), Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International peace (1972), Magsaysay Award (1962), Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971), Good Samaritan Award (1971), John . F. Kennedy International Award (1971), Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award (1993) etc.
Mother Teresa fondly remembered as the 'angel of mercy' dedicated herself to the service of mankind and served god amongst the poorest of the poor, sick and the dying for more than 50 years of her life.