Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the missionary nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church at a ceremony on Sept. 4, one day before the 19th anniversary of her death.
The Vatican announced on Tuesday that Pope Francis issued the decree, setting the date for the canonisation, paving the way for Mother Teresa to become the center piece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church’s merciful side.
Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was born Agnese Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Macedonia, died on Sept. 5, 1997, aged 87.
At the time, her Missionaries of Charity order had nearly 4,000 nuns and ran roughly 600 orphanages, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and clinics around the world.
“The poor give us much more than we give them,” Mother Teresa said in 1977. “They’re such strong people, living day to day with no food. And they never curse, never complain.”
The Catholic church defines saints as those believed to have been holy enough during their lives to now be in heaven and can intercede with God to perform miracles. Mother Teresa has been credited in the church with two miracles, both involving the healing of sick people.
Source: Telegraph, The Globe and Mail