The Vatican city has announced that Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized a saint of the Catholic Church on Sunday September 4th, 2016
The canonization of Mother Teresa by Pope Francis will go a long way to highlight the Pope’s ideal of a “poor church for the poor” that pays special attention to the developing world.
Mother Teresa during her life time was hailed for her piety and devotion to the poor. She won worldly accolades, including the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also one of the two persons to have received honorary U.S. citizenship during her lifetime.
Mother Theresa was a missionary who dedicated to what she referred to as the “hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers,”
She was an outspoken advocate of Catholic teaching on sexual and medical ethics. In 1982, she told Harvard undergraduates to abstain from premarital sex and frequently condemn abortion, among other occasions.
Mother Teresa had in 1994 at a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by then-President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, who were both in support of legalized abortion
“If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? Mother Teresa stated.
Cardinal James Hickey of Washington had earlier cautioned Mother Teresa against speaking at the Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who served at the time as the cardinal’s secretary. But she was unyielding about accepting the invitation, he recollected.
Notwithstanding their differences, Mother Teresa a year after was joined by Mrs Clinton in opening a Washington home for infants awaiting adoption.
Upon her death in 1997 at the age of 87, in India where just over two per cent of the population is Christian honoured her with a state funeral.
Her canonization process was accelerated by Pope John Paul 11 declaring her ‘Blessed’ a title which is the highest honour short of sainthood in just six years, a very short time.
A multitude of about 300,000 people were in Rome to attend Mother Teresa’s beatification ceremony and at least that many are expected at this Sunday’s Mass, which Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is making preparations to attend.