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Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata

March 16, 2016

The Archdiocese of Bombay joyfully welcomes the news of Blessed Mother Teresa’s canonization, which will take place in Rome on  September 4, 2016.

The day chosen for her canonization is also the day dedicated to celebrating the Jubilee for Volunteers and Workers of Mercy, which is most appropriate since throughout her life Mother Teresa dedicated herself to serve the poor, the sick, the dying and the unwanted.

The news of her canonization was made official by Pope Francis at the Ordinary Public Consistory of cardinals and promoters of the Causes of the Saints in the Vatican. The canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa will be received with much jubilation by many because of the magnanimity of her service to those most in need and the love that she generated through her very presence.

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on 26 August 1910, she decided to join the Religious Order of the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin and Agnes became Sister Mary Teresa after Saint Therese of Lisieux. She died on 5 September 1997, at the age of 87.

Mother Teresa left Loreto to found the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic Congregation of Women, based in Kolkata, India, which was dedicated to helping the marginalised – the lost and the least. Many recognised her as a living saint during her own lifetime and her canonization was anticipated by people all over the world, but most of all by the people of Kolkata.

“Mother Teresa crossed all boundaries of economic divide, caste, creed and religion and is universally acclaimed as a saint both because of her life and her work. She remains for us a model to imitate,” said Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay.

Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003 after the miracle of healing of an Indian woman, with a tumour in her abdomen, was recognised. A second miracle of the healing of a Brazilian man with multiple cerebral abscesses was attributed to her on 17 December, 2015, supporting the decision for her canonization.

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