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The Canonization of Mother Teresa

Photographer: Piyal Adhikary


Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship, who founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, in Calcutta in 1950. She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents in Skopje, Macedonia on 26 August 1910. In 1928, she joined the Sisters of Loreto order, and one year later was sent to the Loreto convent in Darjeeling, India where she took her first vows. In 1946, during a train ride from Calcutta to Darjeeling, she was inspired to begin missionary work with the poor in Calcutta. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work.


After her death at the age of 87 on 05 September 1997, Mother Teresa's India-based Missionaries of Charity grew to consist of more than 4,000 nuns. They run hundreds of orphanages, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and clinics around the world.


Following her death, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. The late pontiff beatified Mother Teresa in 2003 after the Vatican had recognized a first miracle attributed to her, the healing of an Indian woman suffering from an abdominal tumor through supernatural intervention. On 15 March 2016, Pope Francis announced that Mother Teresa would be canonized into sainthood after he recognized a second miracle attributed to the late Catholic nun, the healing of a Brazilian man suffering from brain tumors.


The canonization ceremony will take place at the Vatican on 04 September 2016.