"By blood, I am
By citizenship, an Indian.
By faith, I am a Catholic nun.
As to my calling, I belong to the world.
As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus."
Mother Teresa of Kolkata
Pope Francis has scheduled Mother Teresa's canonization on September 4. This event will remain a milestone at the heart of the Year of Mercy, enriching it with even more meaning.
Saint John Paul II had already identified her as the "great servant of the poor" and an "icon of the Good Samaritan" who "travelled all over the world to be close to the poorest of the poor" Mother Teresa embodies this "revolution of tenderness" that Pope Francis has striven to raise.
She was born from Albanian parents on August 26, 1910, in the Balkans. She arrived in Calcutta to teach in 1929, founding there, almost twenty years later, the Missionaries of Charity. Today, this congregation has 5,000 members in over 130 countries.
The aura of this Indian nun of small stature wearing a white sari with a blue border, stretches largely beyond the boundaries of the Catholic world, and has been doing so for a long time. For example, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She entered Eternal Life on September 5, 1997, which became her liturgical feast day.
Mother Teresa photo album
Mother Teresa visits Montreal
Canonization Mass of Blessed Mother TeresaPope Francis presides over Holy Mass and the Canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, in Rome.
Mother Teresa's Journey of GraceAgnes had a special interest in missionary service. As a young girl she eagerly absorbed any news of missionary activity. Whenever she heard of a new missionary endeavor, she would locate the mission site on a map of the world that hung in her house and record little notes next to it.