MANILA, March 15, 2016— It’s official! Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be made a saint at a ceremony on September 4, Pope Francis announced on Tuesday.
The Pope made the announcement during a consistory of cardinals at the Vatican on Tuesday, March 15.
The canonization falls on the date to mark a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy, and comes a day before the 19th anniversary of her death.
In addition to Mother Teresa, the pope also declared a date for canonization of Blesseds Jose Sanchez del Rio of Mexico and Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, who will be Argentina’s first saint, on Oct. 16; and Bl. Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad of Sweden, alongside with Polish Blessed Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczynski on June 5.
Mother Teresa was an Albanian born, Indian Catholic Religious Sister who founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. In her lifetime, she served and advocated for the poorest of the poor, earning her the moniker “The Living Saint.”
Her death in 1997 was a great loss to the international community that had recognized her as an icon for humanitarian work. She was beatified in 2003, giving her the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
Mother Teresa first came to the Philippines in 1976, and again in 1977 and 1984.
The Regional House of the Missionaries of Charity in the Philippines runs an orphanage and home for the aged located in Tayuman, Manila. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews)