Mother Teresa to be canonized on Sunday

Vatican City: The Nobel Peace Prize winning nun – Mother Teresa is widely seen as a humanitarian icon across the South Asian nations. The canonization of Mother Teresa on Sunday will be the pinnacle of a process which is called as ‘the saint making’, that is long, complex, opaque and contentious.

The Catholic Church posthumously confers sainthood on people considered so holy during their lives, that they are now believed to be with God and can intercede with him to perform many miracles. Such is the status of  Mother Terasa who is acclaimed for her work in the slums of the Kolkata city.

As Pope Francis prepares to declare Mother Teresa as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on the 4 September, many top Indian politicians and famous personalities are heading to the Vatican City to personally witness her canonization.

Mother Teresa will be named as a saint less than 2 decades after her death, thanks to the Vatican’s decision to fast track her canonization, a process that can take usually five decades or more. 

She died in the year 1997 at age 87 and the late Pope John Paul, who met her very often, bent Vatican city rules to grant a dispensation allowing the procedure to establish her case.

Mother Teresa, was born on 26 August 1910, expired on 5 September 1997 at the age of 87, known as the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,  was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje (modern Republic of Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet in the Ottoman Empire. After living in Macedonia for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life. She arrived in India in the year 1929 and becoming a citizen of the country in the year 1951. She came to India as a young nun and began working with the poor in the slums around Kolkata. She became known as the ‘saint of the gutters’ for her work with the orphaned children and terminally ill people.

She went on to found a religious order that was spread to more than 130 countries around the world and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

The West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was personally invited to attend the sainthood function by Sister Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries.

A life size bronze statue of the late Mother Teresa was unveiled on her 106th birth anniversary, which was on August 26 by the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at Archbishop’s House in the Park Street.

Indian PM Narendra Modi said, “it is natural for every Indian to take pride in her sainthood”.  India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is heading an Indian delegation to the Vatican City. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity as a young man, accepted the invitation to attend the function. A number of other politicians and officials from across the country are also form part of the Indian contingent, according to the reports.

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