MANILA, Dec. 21, 2015— Filipino Catholic bishops hailed the Vatican’s decision to canonize Blessed Mother Teresa, who visited the Philippines thrice.
Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa said the late nun renowned for caring for the impoverished people “has been very to close to Filipinos”.
“She loves the poor,” Arguelles said.
A model for others
Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao said Christians need models like Mother Teresa who lived and worked not only for herself but for others.
“Love is best expressed in her whole life as a witness to Christ,” he said.
Pope Francis on Thursday approved a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, paving her way to sainthood.
The announcement came came a few days after the Catholic Church opened the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Pope earlier voiced his desire to declare Mother Teresa a saint as a “sign of mercy for the world” in service to the poor.
“This is a welcome news, especially this year that we are celebrating the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy,” said Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos.
Bearer of God’s mercy
“Mother Teresa is a living image of God’s mercy because she dedicated her life in service of the poor and the abandoned,” he said.
“Let us ask her to intercede that we may also be the bearers of God’s mercy to those who desperately need his mercy,” added Oliveros.
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. (CBCP News)