Mother Teresa to Be Declared a ‘Saint’

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Pope Francis Sets Canonization Date for Mother Teresa: Sept. 4

Making official what was set in motion back in December, 2015 the Pope Francis has approved the canonization of five new saints, including Mother Teresa.

On Tuesday (15th March, 2016), the pontiff Pope Francis issued the decree setting the date of the late missionary’s canonization at a morning meeting with cardinals in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. He formally attributed the second miracle, the 2008 healing of a Brazilian man with a brain infection and kidney disease had been due to her intercession to Mother Teresa. Thus, she will now be recognised as a SAINT by the Roman Catholic Church.

Making the canonization announcement, Pope Francis said, “Mother Teresa has often been described as a citizen of the world. Here's how she once described herself: 'By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus….Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa was the third child of an Albanian couple who ran a grocery. Her father died when she was around 8 years old, and when she turned 18, she joined the Irish-based Sisters of Loreto, where she received the name Sister Mary Teresa".

After Mother Teresa's death in 1997, the Holy See began the process of beatification, the third step toward possible canonisation. This process required the documentation of a miracle performed from the intercession of Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa is widely known for her humanitarian work, having founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".


Hundreds of Mother Teresa's followers from all across the globe are expected to visit Rome when she's canonized on Sept. 4, which will interestingly fall a day before 19th death anniversary.

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