International Women's Day
Posted on 06 March 2014
A controversial figure both during her life and after her death, Mother Teresa was extensively popular and admired by many for her charitable workings, but also widely criticize particularly for her fervent campaigns against contraception among others.
Born in Albania as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (her name meant 'little flower' or 'rose bud') Mother Teresa lived most her life in India of which she became a citizen later on and was named Maria Teresa de Calcutta.
A Roman Catholic Religious sister and missionary who founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that includes 133 countries and over 4500 sisters.
The Missionaries of Charity Congregation run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counseling programmes; orphanages; and schools. Members of the order must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, and the fourth vow, to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor"
On 13 March 1997, she stepped down from the head of Missionaries of Charity. She died on 5 September 1997.
Her death was mourned in both secular and religious communities. In tribute, Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan said that she was "a rare and unique individual who lived long for higher purposes. Her life-long devotion to the care of the poor, the sick, and the disadvantaged was one of the highest examples of service to our humanity." The former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar said: "She is the United Nations. She is peace in the world."