Mother Teresa receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979

In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace.

She refused the conventional ceremonial banquet given to laureates, and asked that the $192,000 funds be given to the poor in India, stating that earthly rewards were important only if they helped her help the world’s needy.

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(FILES) Photo taken 08 November 1978 in Vatican City of Roman Catholic nun living in Calcutta Mother Teresa kissing the hand of Pope John Paul II during an audience. AFP PHOTO