Vatican approves sainthood to Mother Teresa

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Mother Teresa

File Photo of Mother Teresa-1979

Pope Francis today formally approved Mother Teresa’s elevation to sainthood and set September 4 as the date for her canonisation.

Canonisation ceremony is expected to take place in Rome on 4 September and a thanksgiving ceremony will be held at a later date in Kolkata.

The move comes 19 years after the death of Teresa, who dedicated most of her life to the poor of Kolkata.

A Special Mass was held at Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata soon after the decision was announced.

Sister Benija, Mother Superior at Missionaries of Charity in Trivandrum said they are extremely happy to hear that  Teresa  will be canonized on 4th September.

“Mother Teresa is a gift from god to us, society, poor & the church. It’s a happy occasion,” Sister Benija

Born in 1910, Teresa came to India in 1929 and started teaching at a school in Darjeeling.

She moved to Kolkata in 1946 to help the destitute and founded Missionaries of Charity in 1950, which now runs 19 homes. It has 4,500 nuns worldwide.

Teresa was first beatified in 2003 after Pope John Paul approved of a miraculous curing of abdominal tumour in a Bengali tribal woman’s stomach.

Pope cleared the way for sainthood last year when he recognised a second miracle attributed to other Teresa. The second miracle relates to healing of a man suffering from brain disease.

Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1979 for work in Kolkata slums with poor people.

In 2014, Kerala Catholics, Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia  were also given sainthood by Pope.