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Sainthood for Mother Teresa, Pope confirms today

Mother Teresa is to be Canonised in September, Pope Francis announced this morning.

As has been long rumoured, her Canonisation will take place on September 4, which this year will also mark a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy. The announcement came officially during today’s consistory of cardinals.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. After joining the Sisters of Loretto at age 17, she was sent to Calcutta, India. She later felt what she called ‘an order’ from God to leave the convent and live among the poor.

In 1950, the Missionaries of Charity were born as a congregation of Calcutta Diocese. In 1952, the government granted them a house from which to continue their mission of serving Calcutta’s poor and forgotten.

Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, and was Beatified six years later by St John Paul II October 19, 2003.

In addition to Mother Teresa, the consistory also confirmed the Canonisation of four other blesseds: Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad, Jose Sanchez del Rio, Stanislaus of Jesus Mary and Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero.




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