Mother Teresa to be elevated to sainthood

Friday, Dec 18, 2015,12:53 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kolkata | Catholic nun and missionary, the late Mother Teresa, is to be elevated to sainthood next year.

Missionaries of Charity, the religious congregation established in 1950 by Mother Teresa, confirmed the report Friday.

“We have now received an official confirmation from Vatican that the Mother would be given sainthood. We are very excited and happy about it,” Missionaries of Charity Spokesperson Sunitha Kumar told PTI.

The path for the canonization of the beloved nun was cleared after Pope Francis recognized a second medical miracle attributed to her.

The first one was in Kolkata many years ago.

A panel of experts, convened earlier this week by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, confirmed that a man in Santos, Brazil, who was suffering from multiple brain tumors, was miraculously healed due to the intercession of Mother Teresa, Sunita Kumar said. Miracles confirm that it is God who has aroused in the faithful the opinion that a particular Servant of God is worthy of canonization.

The Albania-born Mother Teresa, celebrated for her work with the poor in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, is expected to be officially canonized in Rome on September 4 as part the Pope’s Jubilee year of mercy, according to the catholic newspaper Avvenire.

The canonization of a saint is a solemn act by which the Pope, the supreme authority in the Catholic Church, declares that a person practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God’s grace, is with God in heaven and is to be venerated throughout the whole Church. The Pope enrolls the person on the list of Saints.

Mother Teresa is among Catholicism’s most beloved contemporary figures, revered for her service to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta’s sprawling slums. When she was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003, just six years after her death in 1997, the event drew more than 300,000 people to St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

She is honored in all the dioceses in India and by all the members of the religious family she founded, the Missionaries of Charity.

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, which is currently the capital of Macedonia, on Aug. 26, 1910. She lived most of her life in India serving the poor, notably in Calcutta, where she founded and ran the Missionaries of Charity.

Today, the religious order operates in 133 countries and runs hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, mobile clinics, orphanages, and schools.

Indian government bestowed Padmashri award on Mother Teresa in 1962 and Bharataratna, the nation’s highest civilian order, in 1980. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

After spending 45-years serving the poor, the sick, the orphaned, and the dying on the streets of Kolkata, she died at the age of 87 in her favorite city in 1997.