On September 5, 1997, Mother Teresa died in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, at the age of 87. Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Baojaxhiu in Macedonia, knew she wanted to become a missionary when she was only 12 years old. Mother Theresa had been living among the desperately poor in Kolkota since 1929, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Although Mother Teresa's work was based in Kolkota, it had a global influence. Today, the organization she founded, the Missionaries of Charity, has more than 4,000 nuns in 133 countries around the world.

desperate
Adjective

hopeless.

influence
Verb

to encourage or persuade a person or organization to act a certain way.

missionary
Noun

member of a religion who travels to a different community in order to convert new people to their faith.

Nobel Peace Prize
Noun

award recognizing the contributions of a person or organization to "work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace."

poor
Noun

people and culture characterized by very low income.