History[ edit ] Missionaries of Charity's Mother House Headquarters in Kolkata On October 7, ,  Mother Teresa and the small community formed by her former pupils was labeled as the Diocesan Congregation of the Calcutta Diocese, and thus received the permission from the Vatican to exist as a Church subject. Their mission was to care for in Mother Teresa's words "the hungry, the naked, the homeless , the crippled, the blind, the lepers , all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone. They have 19 homes in Kolkata Calcutta alone which include homes for women, orphaned children, and homes for the dying, and for those dying of AIDS; a school for street children, and a leper colony. The Congregation started to grow rapidly, with new homes opening all over the globe. The congregation's first house outside India was in Venezuela , and others followed in Rome and Tanzania , and eventually in many countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe, including Albania.