Submitted by ub on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 22:34

For her 101 birthday, a portion near Pelham Parkway in Bronx is renamed Mother Teresa Way.

The special sign is at the corner of Lydig avenue and Holland avenue honors Mother Teresa's massive missionary work on behalf of the poor, sick and orphaned.

Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910 and died on September 5, 1997. Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata Calcutta, India in 1950, where she gained Indian citizenship. For nearly a half decade, Mother Theresa ministered to the sick, orphaned, poor and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then worldwide, including The Bronx.

By the 1970s she was internationally respected as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary, and book, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. Mother Theresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work.

The Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices for those inflicted with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis. The group also runs soup kitchens, orphanages, and schools.

Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Happy 101 Birthday to one of our most revered humanitarians. May God bless you!