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Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was formally made a saint in 2016, less than twenty years after her death. These accolades give us some idea of the immense high regard with which she was held. A Roman Catholic nun, she became world famous for her endless campaigns to help alleviate the suffering of the poor, needy, hungry and sick.

Although she came to be associated with Calcutta, she was in fact an ethnic Albanian and was born in Macedonia. Originally a school administrator, she began working amidst the slums of Calcutta in the late 1940s, ultimately founding the Order of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. She is said to have received her “calling” from God, a few years before, during a train ride.

In the decades to come, her order grew dramatically in size, incorporating thousands of people and tens of thousands of lay volunteers and overseeing vast numbers of private health clinics and hospices.

“You have to do it as if everything depends on you - but leave the rest to God,'” she said.