Pope to canonise Mother Teresa in September

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Pope Francis formally approved sainthood for Mother Teresa and set September 4 as the date for her canonisation.The move comes 19 years after the death of the missionary nun who dedicated most of her adult life to working with the poor of Kolkata.

Pope Francis set the canonization  paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church’s merciful side.

The announcement was expected after Francis in December approved a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa’s intercession — the final hurdle to make her a saint.

After months of anticipation, the date for Mother Teresa’s canonisation was announced as September 4, which this year will also mark a special jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy, Catholic News Agency cited Pope Francis as saying.

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. After joining the Sisters of Loretto at the age of 17, she was sent to Calcutta, where she later contracted tuberculosis, and was sent to rest in Darjeeling.

On the way, she felt what she called an order from God to leave the convent and live among the poor.

After she left her convent, Mother Teresa began working in the slums, teaching poor children, and treating the sick in their homes.

She died on September 5, 1997, and was beatified just six years later by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003

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