Mother Teresa to be made a saint in
The nun Mother Teresa, known for working with
the desperately poor in India, is to be declared a
saint at a ceremony in the Vatican.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to
fill St Peter’s Square to see Pope Francis lead the
Two miraculous cures of the sick after Mother
Teresa’s death in 1997 have been attributed to
In India, there will be ceremonies at the
Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in
Pope Francis will lead a Mass and Canonisation
in Saint Peter’s Square at 10:30 local time (08:30
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Mother Teresa founded a sisterhood that runs 19
homes, and won the Nobel Peace Prize.
But she was not without her critics, as some
people noted a lack of hygiene in the hospitals
run by her sisterhood, and said she accepted
money from dictators for her charity work.
She died in 1997 – aged 87 – and was beatified in
2003, the first step to sainthood.
In 2002, the Vatican ruled that an Indian
woman’s stomach tumour had been miraculously
cured after prayers to Mother Teresa.
The Pope cleared the way for sainthood last year
when he recognised a second miracle attributed
Following of thousands
Born in 1910 to ethnic Albanian parents, Agnese
Gonxha Bojaxhiu grew up in what is now the
Macedonian capital, Skopje, but was then part of
the Ottoman Empire.
Aged 19, she joined the Irish order of Loreto and
in 1929 was sent to India, where she taught at a
school in Darjeeling under the name of Therese.
In 1946 she moved to Kolkata to help the
destitute and, after a decade, set up a hospice
and a home for abandoned children.
She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.
The sisterhood now has 4,500 nuns worldwide.
She achieved worldwide acclaim for her work in
Kolkata’s slums, but her critics accused her of
pushing a hardline Catholicism, mixing with
dictators and accepting funds from them for her
It often takes decades for people to reach
sainthood after their death, but beatification was
rushed through by Pope John Paul II. Pope
Francis was known to be keen to complete the
process during the Church’s Holy Year of Mercy,
which runs to November 2016.
Culled from BBC