Mother Teresa: Idolized as Saint


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.

Image of Mother Teresa

Image of Mother Teresa

Image of 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