Indian religious of Albanian origin (27/8 / 1910-5 / 9/1997). The 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her work of solidarity with the poor and sick was called in life the "saint of the helpless." She is born in Skopje, today the capital of Macedonia, the daughter of a prosperous Albanian merchant by the name of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.
At 18, he chooses religious life and goes to India, where he teaches for 16 years in a religious college for wealthy girls. In 1944, he moved to Calcutta and assisted the poor and sick, claiming to obey a call from God.
In 1949 he founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. Under his guidance, the order builds a leper colony near Asansol, India, named after Shantinagar (City of Peace). His social works multiply all over the world, and today the order maintains missions in 111 countries, including Brazil.
In 1979, Mother Teresa wins the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work. He receives criticism in life for not caring about the source of the money raised to fund his crusade, accepting donations from people like Jean-Claude Duvalier, former dictator of Haiti. Even sick, he works until he died of a heart attack in Calcutta at 87.