Living Catholic e-News August 2016
Year of Mercy 'highlight'
Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Calcutta a saint at the Vatican on September 4, the date that also celebrates the Jubilee of Workers and Volunteer's of Mercy. The date of the canonisation was announced during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the Pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes.
Mother Teresa was widely known as a 'living saint' as she ministered to the sick and the dying in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the world. Born to an ethnic Albanian family in Skopje, in what is now part of Macedonia, she went to India in 1929 as a Sister of Loreto and became an Indian citizen in 1947. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.
Shortly after she died in 1997, St John Paul II waived the usual five-year waiting period and allowed the opening of the process to declare her sainthood. She was beatified in 2003.
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