Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Pope: Mother Teresa to Become a Saint on Sept. 4; Ticketed "Saint of the Gutter" for Love of the Poor

Pope Francis today (March 15, 2016) said Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata will become a saint on September 4, 2016, according to the USA Today website.

Affectionately known as the "saint of the gutter" for her unconditional love for the poor, abandoned, and marginalized, Mother Teresa earned several international honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu of Albanian parents on August 26, 1910, in Skopje -- now the capital of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) -- Teresa died in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, in India on September 5, 1997.

She was beatified in 2003 by Pope John Paul II after being attributed to a first miracle, answering an Indian woman's prayers to cure her brain tumor, according to the Vatican. One miracle is needed for beatification -- described by the Catholic Church as recognition of a person's entrance into heaven -- while sainthood requires two miracles.

Francis officially cleared Mother Teresa for sainthood on December 17, 2015, recognizing her "miraculous healing" of a Brazilian man with multiple brain abscesses, the Vatican said.

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