In a landmark announcement the Pope during consistory of cardinals announced September 4 as the date for Mother Teresa’s canonisation, the media reported. It thus ends months of anticipation which this year incidentally will also mark a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy, Catholic News Agency cited Pope Francis as saying.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. After joining the Sisters of Loretto at the age of 17, she was sent to Calcutta, where she later contracted tuberculosis, and was sent to rest in Darjeeling.
On the way, she felt what she called an order from God to leave the convent and live among the poor. After she left her convent, Mother Teresa began working in the slums, teaching poor children, and treating the sick in their homes.
She died on September 5, 1997, and was beatified just six years later by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003. It may be recalled that more than 300,000 ardent pilgrims went to Rome in 2003 for Teresa’s beatification — the first step towards sainthood.
This historic move by Vatican comes 19 years after the death of the missionary nun who dedicated most of her adult life to working with the poor and downtrodden of Kolkata with great zeal and enthusiasm un-matched .
There was however no immediate word from the Vatican on the location of the canonisation ceremony, which is expected to take place in Rome with a thanksgiving ceremony held at a later date in Kolkata where Mother Teresa is buried. (IANS)