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Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who achieved international fame for founding the Missionaries of Charity, a congregation which vows “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor.” Teresa was born in Albania and first took her vows with at age 21. She went on to live a life of service to others and was particularly moved to help the poor and sick.

Even before her death in 1997, Mother Theresa was often spoken about in a saintly manner from Catholics and non-Catholics alike. She was officially canonized in 2016 and is now known within the Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

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