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A Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary Mother Teresa was announced as a Saint during the ceremony held in Vatican by Pope Francis. Previously announcement in this regard was mad during March 2016.

Mother Teresa
  • Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has represented Indian delegation in this ceremony.
  • After Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Sister Alphonsa and Sister Euphrasia, Mother Teresa becomes the fourth Indian to be idolized as Saint.
  • Portuguese Saint Gonsalo Garcia of parentage was born in India and he is considered as an India born saint.

About Mother Teresa

  • Mother Teresa was born on 26 August 1910as Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje (Now in Macedonia) then part of the Kosovo Vilayet in the Ottoman Empire.
  • She was the founder of Kolkata based Missionaries of Charity which is working to helps poor on the streets of Kolkata.
  • She had served the poor, sick, orphaned and dying on the streets of Kolkata around 45-years though the organization. S
  • She had died at the age of 87 in 1997 in Kolkata.
  • Awards and Honours:
  • Ramon Magsaysay Award (1962)
  • Padma Shri (1962)
  • Nobel Peace Prize (1979)
  • Bharat Ratna (1980)

About Canonization

  • It is the act that declares that a person who died was a saint and it has different act like:
  • Orthodox
  • Oriental Orthodoxy
  • Roman Catholic
  • Anglican Church
  • There are different processes used by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church for the canonization process.
  • Before this rule individuals were recognized as saints without any formal process.
  • Presently there are four steps of canonization of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • First is Servant of God followed by Venerable and later is blessed and Sainthood is the last stage of canonization.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 6, 2016

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