The Catholic Church Will Honor Mother Teresa with Sainthood

It was just announced that Mother Teresa will be sainted by the Catholic Church next year. The process of becoming a saint in the Catholic Church requires proof of two miracles and Pope Francis just recognized her second miracle.

In 2003, she was beatified by the Catholic Church after Pope John Paul II learned an Indian woman had been healed of an abdominal tumor by praying to Mother Teresa.

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Recently, it is said a Brazilian man was healed of brain tumors in 2008. BBC wrote, “It says he was unexpectedly cured from brain tumours in 2008 after his priest prayed for Mother Teresa’s intervention with God.”

 

Mother Teresa is well-known and respected for her faithful work in India’s slums. She grew up in Macedonia as a devout Catholic. In 1929, when she was 18-years-old, she joined an Irish convent and left for India as a missionary. She felt called to care for the poor so “she established Missionaries of Charity to serve the poorest of all,” wrote CNN.

She once described herself this way: “By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”

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In 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in the slums of Kolkata. She died in 1997 and was honored with a state funeral by the Indian government.

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“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?” ― Mother Teresa

The Roman Catholic nun will be sainted next year around the date of her death to remember her contribution to the world.

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Esther Laurie
Esther Laurie is a staff writer at ChurchLeaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.

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