Mother Teresa (Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) was a humanitarian, who lived her life to serve the poor, sick and orphaned people. Her chosen place for charity work was Kolkata in India. She was a Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata in 1950. She was an internationally known personality as a humanitarian. She won the Nobel Prize for peace in 1979 and Bharat Ratna in 1980 for her philanthropic works.
The Missionaries of Charity that she founded were operating around 610 missions in123 countries at the time of her death. She served the people suffering from diseases like Leprosy, HIV/Aids, and Tuberculosis and participated actively for their welfare.
She died of cardiac arrest in her religious order's headquarters, Calcutta in September 5th , 1997, at the age of 87 and following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and in turn given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata).