Mother Teresa to Be Sainted After 2nd Miracle Declared: Vatican

24 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Missionaries of Charity overjoyed, plan all-faith prayer.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has signed off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor one of the Catholic Church’s highest honors just two decades after her death.An overjoyed Missionaries of Charity is planning an all-faith prayer after the Pope recognised a second miracle attributed to the late Mother Teresa, clearing the path for the Nobel-winning nun to be elevated to sainthood next year. The Vatican said Friday that Francis approved a decree attributing a miracle to Mother Teresa’s intercession during an audience with the head of the Vatican’s saint-making office on Thursday, his 79th birthday.

No date was set for the canonization, but Italian media have speculated that the ceremony will take place in the first week of September — to coincide with the anniversary of her death, and during Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy. “This is fantastic news. During his September 2014 visit to Albania, Francis confided to his interpreter that he was not only impressed by her fortitude, but in some ways feared it.

We don’t have celebrations, we pray in such occasions.” West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the Missonaries of Charity. “Just heard the good news that Blessed Mother Teresa will be made a Saint in 2016. At the time, he was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio. “Bergoglio had Mother Teresa behind him, nearby, and he heard her intervene often with great strength, without letting herself in any way be intimidated by this assembly of bishops,” the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Mother Teresa, born on August 26, 1910 as Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents to what is now Skopje in Macedonia, was known all over the world for her charitable work for the poor and destitute in Kolkata where she passed away in September 5, 1997 at the age of 87. John Paul II, one of Mother Teresa’s greatest champions, waived the normal five-year waiting period for her beatification process to begin and launched it a year after she died, convinced of her saintliness and apparently intent on at least beatifying her in his lifetime. Detractors opposed her stance against birth-control use in Calcutta’s slums, which was nevertheless in keeping with church teaching opposing artificial birth control.

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