NewsExpress advert FCMB banner Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
Pope clears way for Mother Teresa’s journey to sainthood

By News Express on 18/12/2015

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,067


Pope Francis has signed off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the tiny nun who cared for the poorest of the poor one of the Catholic Church’s highest honours just two decades after her death

The Vatican said Friday that Francis approved a decree attributing a miracle to Mother Teresa’s intercession during an audience with the head of the Vatican’s saint-making office on Thursday, his 79th birthday.

No date was set for the canonisation, but Italian media have speculated that the ceremony will take place in the first week of September – to coincide with the anniversary of her death and during Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy.

“This is fantastic news. We are very happy,” said Sunita Kumar, a spokeswoman for the Missionaries of Charity in the eastern city of Kolkata (earlier called Calcutta), where Mother Teresa lived and worked.

The miracle responsible for Mother Teresa’s canonisation concerned the inexplicable cure of a Brazilian man suffering from a viral brain infection that resulted in multiple abscesses. By Dec. 9, 2008, he was in a coma and dying, suffering from an accumulation of fluid around the brain.

The Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, the postulator spearheading Mother Teresa’s canonisation case, said in a statement Friday that some 30 minutes after the man was due to undergo surgery that never took place, he sat up, awake and without pain, and was a day later declared to be symptom-free.

The Vatican later attributed the cure to the fervent prayers to Mother Teresa’s intercession by the man’s wife, who precisely at the time of his scheduled surgery was at her parish church, praying alongside her pastor.

Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, died on Sept. 5, 1997, aged 87. At the time, her Missionaries of Charity order had nearly 4,000 nuns and ran roughly 600 orphanages, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and clinics around the world.

Francis, whose papacy has been dedicated to ministering to the poor just as Mother Teresa did, is a known fan. During his September 2014 visit to Albania, Francis confided to his interpreter that he was not only impressed by her fortitude, but in some ways feared it.

Francis recounted that he had met Mother Teresa, an ethnic Albanian, when they attended a 1994 bishop synod at the Vatican together. At the time, he was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

“Bergoglio had Mother Teresa behind him, nearby, and he heard her intervene often with great strength, without letting herself in any way be intimidated by this assembly of bishops,” the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, later recounted. “And from that he developed a great esteem for her, as a strong woman, a woman able to give courageous testimony.”

But Bergoglio, who has long shown admiration for the women who raised him and taught him, added: “I would have been afraid to have had her as my superior, since she was so tough.”

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on Aug. 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia.

She joined the Loreto order of nuns in 1928 and in 1946, while traveling by train from Calcutta to Darjeeling, was inspired to found the Missionaries of Charity order.

The order was established four years later and has since opened more than 130 houses worldwide to provide comfort and care for the needy, sick and “poorest of the poor.”

Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with Calcutta’s destitute and ill — work which continued even after she herself became sick.

“The poor give us much more than we give them,” Mother Teresa said in 1977. “They’re such strong people, living day to day with no food. And they never curse, never complain.”

St. John Paul II, one of Mother Teresa’s greatest champions, waived the normal five-year waiting period for her beatification process to begin and launched it a year after she died, convinced of her saintliness and apparently intent on at least beatifying her in his lifetime.

He bestowed that honor on her in 2003 in a Vatican ceremony.

Archbishop of Kolkata Thomas D’Souza said the news of the Vatican’s decision was “the best Christmas gift one can get.”

“We are grateful to God and we are extremely happy,” he said.

While Mother Teresa is known and admired by many around the world, she was not beloved by all. She was criticised for taking donations from Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and disgraced American financier Charles Keating. Detractors opposed her stance against birth-control use in Calcutta’s slums, which was nevertheless in keeping with church teaching opposing artificial birth control. (AP)

•Photo shows Mother Teresa.

Source News Express

Posted 18/12/2015 5:46:51 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
US authorities okay merger deal between world’s top...

Rivers APC tackles Wike, says: ‘Tell the world...

15 babies languish in Umuahia Prisons

Okorocha an ingrate, deserves pity —APGA

Boko Haram: OBJ slams Jonathan again

61 rescued infants critically malnourished after 2 years...

Name National Theatre after Fatai Rolling Dollar —HURIWA...

Otti cries out over alleged plan by TA...

Buhari intimidating Judges handling Nnamdi Kanu’s case: IPOB...

Okorocha emerges worst Governor in the Southeast

We’ll not rest until Chibok girls are rescued,...

Again, PDP chairman, Mu'azu faces fire

 

Latest News Looters’ List: Court restrains Lai Mohammed Nigerians abroad send $22 billion home Why we arrested Dino Melaye: Immigration Service Governance in Nigeria has collapsed — Soyinka US-Nigeria Investment Summit: FG clears absentee ministers Troops destroy Boko Haram training camp in Borno Property Seizure: Rights group seeks investigation of Ekweremadu’s asset declaration 6 die during stampede at religious ceremony in Burkina Faso Over 30 Chinese tourists die in North Korea accident Islam soon to dislodge Christianity in South-South, South-East and old Middle Belt: Intersociety •Releases shocking details of killings, destruction of property Nigerian burnt to death in South Africa 2019: Ohiri unveils ‘Stay Baba’ group for Buhari

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (339,525 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (334,503 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (267,674 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (220,105 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (202,021 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (198,013 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (172,767 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (155,109 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (147,055 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (138,929 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (136,826 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (129,515 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (36) Business & Economy (3,067) Business Verdict (40) Columnists (836) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (483) Features (569) Global Business Monitor (263) International (1,923) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (116) News (34,682) Opinion (916) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,802) Religion (722) Sports (1,484) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

NLNG Science and Literature Prize Awards

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Boko Haram commanders surrender

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement