Mother Teresa of Calcutta will made a saint on September 4. Pope Francis set the canonization date on Tuesday morning. Paving the way for the most famous nun of modern times to become Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Fox News chief religion correspondent Lauren Green has more from New York.
She cared for the poor and now Mother Teresa of Calcutta will become a saint. Pope Francis making the announcement Tuesday morning. The canonization date marking 19 years since her death.
Francis says: (translated) “The blessed mother Teresa saint on September 4th, 2016.”
The ceremony is expected to be the centerpiece of the pope’s “Year of Mercy”, and it’s sure to draw massive crowds. More than 300 thousand people came out to see John Paul the Second beatify Mother Teresa in 2003. And many of her followers, especially in Calcutta, are already booking their flights for the canonization ceremony.
Sunita Kumar: “It has been absolutely jubilant news. I can’t thank god enough that it has happened during my lifetime”
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. The order now cares for the sick and the poor all over the world, running hundreds of orphanages, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and clinics. Her work won her worldwide fame and the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. And while her efforts were centered in Calcutta, she described herself as a “Citizen of the World.”
Thomas D’Souza: “Surely Calcutta was very special to her because she lived here and she died here and worked here. But her work was not only for Calcutta, it started from here, spread to the whole world.”
In addition to Mother Teresa, Pope Francis set canonization dates for four other saints on Tuesday, including a 14 year-old Mexican martyr killed for refusing to renounce his faith.