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Mother Teresa's legacy lives on

August 24, 2007

Almost ten years after she died, Mother Teresa and her nuns continue to draw the world's leaders and their families to their humble home in Kolkata.

On August 23, Akie Abe, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's [Images] wife, visited Mother Teresa's home. She spent time with the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, the worldwide Roman Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa.

The prime minister's wife also visited Shishu Bhavan, a home for abandoned children, also run by the Missionaries of Charity.

A congregation spread over 133 countries, the Missionaries of Charity have 4,500 nuns dedicated to the service of the poorest of the poor. The nuns of the order are expected to follow a vow providing wholehearted and free service to the poor.

Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. In recognition of her work, the Indian government accorded her a State funeral after her death 10 years ago on September 5. She was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, in 1980.

Photographs: Strdel/AFP/Getty Images

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