8 notable women in Christian history

Mother Teresa

Photo: AP/Bikas Das
Photo: AP/Bikas Das | (Photo: AP Photo / Bikas Das)

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 in what is now the Republic of Macedonia, Mother Teresa gained international notoriety for her charity work among the poor of India.

Mother Teresa founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity and, for her humanitarian work, received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. During her acceptance speech, she called abortion "the greatest destroyer of peace today."  

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"To me the nations who have legalized abortion, they are the poorest nations," stated Teresa. "They are afraid of the little one, they are afraid of the unborn child, and the child must die because they don't want to feed one more child, to educate one more child, the child must die."

In 2016, nearly 20 years after her death in 1997, she was officially canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta by Pope Francis.

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