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Saint Mother Teresa

26 August 1910 - 5 September 1997

Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu), commonly known as Mother Teresa and honored in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman-Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje, the modern-day capital of Northern Macedonia, and moved to Ireland after 18 years, where she then spent most of the rest of her life.

In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman-Catholic religious congregation that treats those who qre dying of AIDS/HIV, leprosy, tuberculosis. The congregation also runs a variety of other services including soup kitchens, mobile clinics, dispensaries, orphanages, schools, and children's and family counselling programs. The members take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor".

She has been awarded with both the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize, as well as the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was cononised by the Catholic Church on September 4th, 2016, with her feast day being set annually for September 5th.

Before and after her death, she has been seen to be a figure of both controversy and praise. While her charity work has often been admired, she has also been criticized for her views on abortion, contraception, and the poor conditions of her homes where there was a lack of medical necessities such as anesthesia despite millions of dollars in funding.

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