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Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 27, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. In age twelve, she believed strongly the call of God. She knew she needed to be a missionary to spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she left her parental house in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a couple of months' training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. By 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta, however, the suffering and poverty she glimpsed beyond the convent walls created such a profound impression on her that in 1948 she received permission from her superiors to leave the convent school and devote herself to working one of the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Although she had no funds, she depended upon Divine Providence, and began an open-air school for slum kids. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and monetary support was also forthcoming. This made it easy for her to expand the scope of her job. On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission by the Holy See to begin her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity", whose chief job was to enjoy and care for those persons nobody was prepared to care for. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family with a decree of Pope Paul VI. Now the order contains Active and Contemplative b.. .