On Tuesday, March 15, Pope Francis announced that a new miracle worker will soon join the ranks of sainthood. The well-known and beloved nun, Mother Teresa, is to be canonized as a saint the evening of September 4, the night before the anniversary of her passing.
Last December, the Pope made a public announced concerning Mother Teresa, stating that she would be recognized as a saint after witnessing as second miracle resulting in her work. That second miracle is the healing of a Brazilian man who suffered from brain tumors. The Italian Catholic bishops’ association’s official newspaper reported that the man was healed after his friends and family members prayed to Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa’s first miracle was approved by the late Pope John Paul II after he waived the 5-year waiting period after death. A Kolkata woman with a large stomach tumor was cured after praying to Mother Teresa as well. After researching the claim, the Vatican Committee could not find a scientific explanation for the occurrence, declaring it a miracle.
After joining the Irish convent at the age of 18, Mother Teresa left for India in 1929. She began teaching at St. Mary’s School for Girls, where she took her Final Profession of Vows. After 20 years had passed, she felt a calling she believed came from Jesus, pushing her to aid the poor. This calling prompted her to establish Missionaries of Charity.
She left her convent in 1948 to care for the less fortunate. She washed the wounded, fed the hungry, and comforted the dying. Her work inspired former students to join her, spreading care throughout the whole of India.