Mother Teresa to be Canonised in 2016


NEW DELHI: Mother Teresa will be canonised by the Vatican in September 2016, the head of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation has said.

In Rome, the head of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, Rino Fisichella, said 4 September 2016 will mark the Voluntary Work Jubilee and the hoped-for date for Mother Teresa’s sainthood, said.

“We all hope this may be the date,” said Fisichella.

The Roman Catholic nun needs a second miracle “credited to her intercession” before she can be recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church, the report pointed out.

“As a Christian, I am eagerly waiting for the canonisation of Mother Teresa. She has been a mother to millions of Indian especially the poorest of the poor and the underprivileged,” Paul Thelekat, senior priest and spokesperson for the Syro-Malabar Church was quoted by IANS.

“Christians and her followers will continue her work among the poor with a winged humanism which the Hindu fundamentalists failed to understand. Where have all the converts that the great missionaries of this age and especially Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, were supposed to have proselytised gone? If Christianity converts it is to that winged humanism which India needs so dearly,” added Thelekat.

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. She lived most of her life in India serving the poor millions, notably in Kolkata where she founded and ran the Missionaries of Charity.


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