Mother Teresa of Calcutta to Be Canonized: Service Before Sainthood

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: An exemplary life of virtue serving the poorest of the poor

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The late Catholic nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta (or Kolkata)  will be soon among the saints, the Roman Catholic Church has said in a statement released today, on Friday Dec 18, 2015. The statement was made after Pope Francis cleared a way to sainthood, on the basis of a second miracle attributed to her. Two such miracles are need for a Catholic to be declared a Saint. The first miracle was recognized by the late Catholic Pope  John Paul II in 20013, while beatifying Mother Teresa.

One must visit Calcutta to see how much Mother Teresa had to face on a daily basis. The Calcutta that Mother Teresa found when she started her

missionary work was  notorious for its slums, homeless people, poverty, and human tragedy. Mother Teresa set off, along with her religious congregation of nuns, known as Missionaries of Charity, to help alleviate the pain, hunger, and suffering of the people at the bottom of the society  and provide hope and comfort to  a multitude living in the Calcutta wretched slums and on the streets. 

Mother Theresa won the Nobel Peace Prize for dedicating her life to helping the poorest of the poor.

The Roman Catholic Church needed two miracles attributed to her intercession to God to declare her a saint, but the World, especially the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, had already anointed her for her charity work and her exemplary life of virtue over most of the 20th century.

 The second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta refers to unexplained healing of a Brazilian man who was suffering from a viral brain infection that resulted in multiple abscesses with hydrocephalus. According to the Roman Catholic Church, when relatives of the man prayed to Mother Teresa,  he mysteriously  recovered without any possible medical explanation. 

The official canonization ceremonies of Mother Teresa of Calcutta are expected to be help late next year. 

 Mother Teresa was Born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu of Albanian parents in Macedonia in 1910, in the Ottoman Empire, Mother Teresa spent most of her missionary work in Calcutta, India. There, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, with the aim of helping the poorest of the poor  on the streets and slums of Calcutta. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She died in 1997, at the age of 87.