VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis announced Tuesday that Mother Teresa would be made a Saint on September 4, 2016. The event will take place on the eve of the 19th anniversary of her death.
Rev. Thomas J. Reese author of ‘Inside the Vatican’, told ABC NEWS, “She challenged all of us to do whatever it takes in our lives to make the life of the poor, especially the poor in the Third World, much better,” said the Rev. Thomas J. Reese, author of Inside the Vatican.
On December 2002, Pope John Paul II judged that an Indian woman who was suffering from an abdominal tumor was miraculously cured as a result of Mother Teresa’s supernatural intervention. According to an article by Vasco Cotovio and Ben Brumfield, reporting for CNN the 30-year-old woman claimed to have been cured after praying to Mother Teresa. Reports also claim that associates rubbed the woman’s abdomen with a pendant that had belonged to Mother Teresa. A Vatican committee couldn’t find any scientific explanation for the healing, it was declared a miracle.
Then again in 2008 the Albanian nun, who was known as ‘the saint of the gutters’, because of her devotion to the poor in India, Teresa was again recognized as the source of a supernatural healing of a Brazilian engineer who suffered brain tumors and had fallen into a coma. According to Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, the postulator heading Mother Teresa’s canonization case, the man suddenly woke up from the coma, having fully recovered, following prayers his wife had made to the Blessed Teresa.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on Aug. 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. When she was 18 years old she joined the Loreto order of nuns, an Irish convent. In 1946, at the age of 36, while she was traveling from Kolkata to Darjeeling, Teresa was inspired to start the Missionaries of Charity order, which was established only four years later.
The humble nun was given a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with the poor and ill of Indian, especially in Colkata (later named Kolkata). At the time of her death, on Sept. 5, 1997, at the age of 87, her Missionaries of Charity order had an estimated 4,000 nuns and ran nearly 600 orphanages, soups kitchens, homeless shelters and clinics.
When Pope John Paul II beatified her in 2003, it was before a crowd of 300,000. It’s expected that the Vatican ceremony to ‘Saint’ Mother Teresa will draw tens of thousands and possibly hundreds of thousands of followers hoping to honor the kind-hearted little lady whose love for Jesus and humanity caused her to change the world.
Although Mother Teresa’s second miracle was recognized by Pope Francis in 2015, since her death in 1997 hundreds of miracles have been credited to her from all over the world.
For more information:
- CNN “Mother Teresa to become a saint after Pope Francis recognizes 2nd miracle” by Vasco Cotovio and Ben Brumfield.
- Associated Press ‘Pope says Mother Teresa to be made a saint on Sept. 4’ by Nicole Winfield
- AsiaNews.it / Vatican “Fr. Brain on the miracle of Mother Teresa of Calcutta” by P. Brian Kolodiejchuk
- ABC NEWS “Mother Teresa on fast track to sainthood”