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Beatification of Mother Teresa live on NDTV 24x7

MUMBAI: NDTV 24x7, in collaboration with the Catholic Communication Centre, will be airing the Beatification of Mother Teresa, live from Vatican on Sunday (19 October) at 1:30 pm.

The ceremony will last 45 minutes, followed by a holy mass.

Born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje (now in Macedonia), Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was the daughter of Albanian parents - a grocer and his wife. As a public school student she developed a special interest in overseas missions and, by age 12, realised her vocation was aiding the poor.

She was inspired to work in India by reports sent home from Jesuit missionaries in Bengal. At 18, she left home to join a community of Irish nuns with a mission in Calcutta. She went into the slums of Calcutta to start a school for children. They rechristened her "Mother Teresa."

Through the years, Mother Teresa's fame grew, as did the magnitude of her deeds. In 1950 she founded, the Missionaries of Charity. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Mother Teresa helped Kolkata find its heart - she helped India find its conscience.

The world has recognised her long ago as a born saint - but on 19 October, the Pope will formally declare her a miracle-worker.

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