Saint Mother Teresa from Albanian origin who lived for most of her life in India.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/Aids leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling 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”.
Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”. A second miracle credited to her intercession is required before she can be recognised as a saint by the by Catholic Curch.
A controversial figure both during her life and after her death, Mother Teresa was widely admired by many for her charitable works, but also widely criticised, particularly for her campaigns against contraception and for substandard conditions in the hospices for which she was responsible.
This Medal measures aproximately 22mm x 15mm.