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Icon Teresa was both adored, attackedFor those who revered her, Mother Teresa's elevation to the Catholic sainthood Sunday came not a moment too soon. The diminutive nun whose journey from a corner of the Ottoman Empire to the slums of India made her one of the most famous women in the world was regarded by many as a saint during her lifetime."Saint of the Gutters" and "Angel of Mercy," were among the sobriquets she picked up over the course of nearly four decades working with the wretched poor of Kolkata and building her Missionaries of Charity order into a global force.The private Teresa was a more complex personality than she appeared to the world.Baptized Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Teresa was born into a Kosovar Albanian family in 1910 in Skopje, then part of the Ottoman empire and now the capital of Macedonia.Teresa came across as an ascetic figure and as a strict task-mistress to those under her.
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