St. Teresa of Calcutta This Year?

Lay Group Prays for Anticipated Canonization

CALCUTTA, India, AUG. 23, 2007 ( This is the year for the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, or so hopes a group of Catholics in Calcutta.

The Catholic Association of Bengal, the largest lay organization of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, has declared 2007 the Year for the Canonization of Mother Teresa, AsiaNews reported.

The organization launched a two-week prayer campaign today, which will lead up to the 10th anniversary of the nun’s death, with plans to continue the initial celebration until Sept. 23.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who founded the Missionaries of Charity, died Sept. 5, 1997, and was beatified in October 2003.

The organization’s chairman, Eugene Gonsalves, told AsiaNews: “More than three years have passed since the title of ‘blessed’ was conferred on our beloved Mother Teresa.

“During her life, Mother was a living saint to many. There is no doubt that she is already a ‘saint’ to many more around the world.

“Sainthood for Mother Teresa in a real sense may not be far away as many miracles are happening by her intercession.”

Gonsalves said the year will include special prayer services and celebrations of the Eucharist in different churches and institutions, to be announced in the coming months.

“We shall welcome everyone, poor and rich alike, as she did, without distinctions of faith, nationality or caste,” Gonsalves said, all as “a sign of harmony, unity and devotion to Mother Teresa.”