Mother Teresa to be made a saint on Sept. 4

    Mother Teresa to be made a saint on Sept. 4

    March 15, Kolkata: Pope Francis has announced that Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who worked with the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) is to be declared a saint on 4 September.

    She founded a sisterhood that runs 19 homes, and won the Nobel Peace Prize.

    She died in 1997 at the age of 87 and was beatified in 2003, the first step to sainthood.

    The Pope cleared the way for sainthood last year when he recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, reports said.

    Born in 1910 to Albanian parents, Agnese Gonxha Bojaxhiu grew up in what was then the Ottoman Empire and is now the Macedonian capital, Skopje.

    Aged 19, she joined the Irish order of Loreto and in 1929 was sent to India, where she taught at a school in Darjeeling under the name of Therese.

    In 1946 she moved to Kolkata to help the destitute and, after a decade, set up a hospice and a home for abandoned children.

    She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. The sisterhood now has 4,500 nuns worldwide, BBC news reported.

    The Oslo Times


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