Saint Mother teresa
Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was born in the centre of Skopje, in a house, which stood at today’s entrance of the Trade Centre. At that time, this was 14 Pop Kochina Street in the so-called Latin Quarter on the right bank of the River Vardar. The young girl Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu enthusiastically left her birth city Skopje to go to the unknown India and she devoted her entire life to humanity.
Gentle, humane and energetic, very often called the Apostle of Love, devoted to the poorest and muddiest parts of Calcutta, the unusual woman from Skopje became a loved and honoured citizen of the world and she never, absolutely never, spoke of her past and her family, always underlining: “My work – that is who I am. This is what matters!”
During her visit to Skopje in 1980, one year after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, often asked whether she was Albanian, Macedonian, Vlach, Serbian or of some other ethnic background, she simply answered: “I feel like a citizen of Skopje, my birth town, but I belong to the world!”.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Catholic Church “Sacred Heart of Jesus” in Skopje was led by the Jesuits. Father Francis Jambrekovikj, very often read the believers letters from missionaries from India and Africa and he vividly spoke of the life of the missionaries. Thus, he played a crucial role in the life of little Gonxha and her decision to leave for India and to devote her life to God. So, when she was 12 years old, after having a call from God, she made the final decision to leave her city where she was born. After six years, when she was 18 years old, she left Skopje.
Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and passed on 5 September 1997, at the age of 87. She bore the title Blessed Mother Teresa until she was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta by Pope Francis at a ceremony on 4 September 2016, at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City.