A Ghanaian diplomat, Kofi Atta Annan served as the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He became a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Global AIDS and Health Fund to help and support developing countries care for their people.
Also known as Saint Marianne of Moloka’i, Marianne Cope was a German-born American and member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Syracuse, New York. Known for her charitable works and virtuous deeds, she spent many years caring for lepers on the island of Molokaʻi in Hawaiʻi. Despite direct contact with the patients over many years, Cope was not afflicted by the disease.
The Venerable Pierre Toussaint was a former slave from the French colony of Saint-Dominique who was brought by his owners to New York City in 1787. After he gained his freedom in 1807, he adopted the surname Toussaint and became one of the most famous philanthropists of his time. His house in Franklin Street became a shelter for orphans, which he supported in getting an education and learning a trade. He also created a credit bureau and employment agency for destitute travelers; and founded a refuge for homeless immigrants.
Tony Blair is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. While in office he was known for his motivation to do something about global climate change and reduce harmful gas emissions. He also launched several chartable foundations including the Tony Blair Sports Foundation in order to increase childhood participation in sports activities and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to tackle global poverty and conflict.
St. Elizabeth Romanova
The Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia, who was canonized as St. Elizabeth Romanova was a German princess who was renowned in Russia for her beauty and charitable works among the poor. When her husband; Sergei, was murdered by the Socialist Revolutionary Party’s Combat Organization with a dynamite bomb in 1905; she did not only forgive her husband’s murderer but also campaigned for his pardon.