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Mother Teresa

(1910 - 1997)


Of Albanian descent, Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia in 1910. Aged 18, she joined a missionary order in Calcutta. Surrounded by poverty she started the Missionaries of Charity, serving and relieving the poorest of the poor.

This order spread to other countries. Her selfless example touched the Western psyche. Some thought such charity was patronising; political change would be more effective at abolishing poverty. Many others regarded Mother Teresa as a saint.

She promoted peace by valuing individuals and upholding human dignity.

"She sees Christ in every human being, and this in her eyes makes man sacred... The hallmark of her work has been respect for the individual and the individual's worth and dignity...."

The Nobel Committee

Question: What should be the relationship between compassion and political action?
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