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Mother Teresa: The epitome of selfless service

Introduction
Mother Teresa: The epitome of selfless service
  • Mother Teresa, the founder of Missionaries of Charity was born in 1910 in the modern-day Republic of Macedonia.
  • Her charity is active in 133 countries and consists of 4,500 sisters running homes for people with tuberculosis, leprosy, soup kitchens, orphanages, schools, dispensaries, mobile clinics and counselling programmes started by her.
  • Mother Teresa was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 to honour her philanthropic spirit.

Pope recognises miracle; Mother Teresa to be beatified

27 Dec 2002
Pope recognises miracle; Mother Teresa to be beatified
  • Pope John Paul II officially recognized the miracle needed for the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
  • The miracle involved the healing of an abdominal tumour in Monica Besra's case in West Bengal (1998).
  • The event had invited much controversy with certain people believing that it wasn't a miracle but a result of medical care, however, Vatican medical consultants had called it 'miraculous healing'.

Pope John Paul changes the wait-period for beatification

Fact
Historical

The process leading up to Mother Teresa’s beatification was the shortest in modern history. This had only been made possible after Pope John Paul II had waived the five-year waiting period and had allowed the immediate opening of her canonization cause in early 1999.

Mother Teresa beatified by Pope John Paul II

19 Oct 2003
Mother Teresa beatified by Pope John Paul II
  • On 19 October 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who had passed away in the year 1997 as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".
  • The beatification was carried out in Rome and officially opened the process of Sainthood for the revered 'Saint of Gutters' as she was lovingly called.
  • After the beatification, the Vatican requires another miracle to officially canonize Mother Teresa.

Vatican makes another Sainthood pitch for Mother Teresa

16 Jun 2015
Vatican makes another Sainthood pitch for Mother Teresa
  • The Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced that it had begun collecting "proof, medical reports and eyewitness testimonies" to prove Mother Teresa's second miracle.
  • The miracle which may lead to her Sainthood involved the complete healing of a Brazilian man whose CAT scans "showed that the large cancerous tumour... developed in his brain had completely disappeared" on praying to Mother Teresa.

Pope recognises 2nd miracle; Sainthood expected in 2016

18 Dec 2015
Pope recognises 2nd miracle; Sainthood expected in 2016
  • Pope Francis has officially recognised a second medical miracle by the late Mother Teresa, thereby clearing the road for her elevation to sainthood next year.
  • Mother Teresa will be officially canonised in Rome on 4 September 2016 as a part of the pope's Jubilee year of mercy.
  • This event will attract large crowds to Rome, this event being the highlight of the Jubilee year.

Mother Teresa to become a saint on September 4

15 Mar 2016
Mother Teresa to become a saint on September 4
  • Pope Francis announced the date for Mother Teresa's canonization as September 4.
  • The move comes 19 years after the death of the nun who worked for the upliftment of the poor and needy.
  • The canonization will take place one day before Mother Teresa's death anniversary (for which a celebration had already been scheduled as part of the Church's Jubilee Year of Mercy.)

Kejriwal will attend Mother Teresa's sainthood ceremony

27 Jul 2016
Kejriwal will attend Mother Teresa's sainthood ceremony
  • On 4th September 2016, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be present in Vatican City, Rome, to pe a part of the sainthood ceremony of Mother Teresa.
  • Sources from the Chief Minister's office say that Kejriwal received and accepted an invitation from the Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata (founded by Mother Teresa in 1950).
  • He had worked with Mother Teresa before joining Indian Revenue Service.