Nuns take part in a mass prayer in front of the Mother Teresa's tomb at Mother House in Calcutta


Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to Be Made Canonized Saint

Mother Teresa’s Order, Missionaries of Charity, Has Spread to More Than 130 Countries

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 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be made a canonized saint.

During a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, in the Vatican yesterday, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa, known as Mother Teresa around the world.

Born Aug. 26, 1910, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu would go on to found the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity and the Missionaries of Charity. The order, which started in Calcutta and spread to more than 130 countries, ran hospices for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. Known for her charitable works with the poor and sick, the soon to be canonized saint, died on Sept. 5, 1997. 

Immediately following her death in 1997, the Catholic Church began her process of beatification. She was beatified by St. John Paul II in 2002, following the recognition of the miraculous healing of an Indian woman suffering from a tumor in her abdomen. Yesterday, Pope Francis signed off on the second miracle needed, which, according to the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, L’Avvenire, regarded a man in Brazil in 2008 who had multiple brain abscesses, and who, within a day of being in a coma, was cured.

During yesterday’s audience, the Pope also authorized other decrees including the following heroic virtues:

— of Servant of God Giuseppe Ambrosoli, professed priest of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (July 25, 1923 – March 27, 1987)

— of Servant of God Adolfo (born Lanzuela Leonardo Martínez), professed religious of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Nov. 8, 1894 -March 14, 1976)

— of Servant of God Henry Hahn, Laico (Aug. 29, 1800 – March 11, 1882)

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