Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (Macedonian: Мајка Тереза, Гонџа Бојаџиу pronounced [aɡˈnɛs ˈɡɔndʒa bɔjaˈdʒiu]; August 26th, 1910 – September 5th, 1997); more commonly known as Mother Teresa, was a Roman Catholic nun of Albanianethnicity and Indian citizenship,who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, in 1950. For over 45 years, she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. Following her death, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".
Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity at the time of her death had 610 missions in 123 countries including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counselling programmes, orphanages and schools. She received numerous awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and the Bharat Ratna in 1980.