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1979 Mother Teresa: 1910-1997: India. At the age of twelve, the Catholic Albanian girl Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu heard a call to devote her life to God. She entered a nunnery, received an education and was sent to Calcutta in India. There she and helpers formed the Missionaries of Charity building homes for orphans, nursing homes for lepers and hospices for the terminally ill, in Calcutta and later in other parts of the world. In 2003, the Pope took the first step towards her canonization