In light of the Vatican’s action on Wednesday, here is a list of nuns who have become known in the broader world. Two of the Americans listed have been canonized.
Mother Teresa Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, in 1950. For more than 45 years, she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion worldwide. After her death, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title "Blessed Teresa of Kolkata.'' Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo