Mother Theresa to be made saint in Vatican ceremony


Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a Nobel peace laureate known as the “saint of the gutters” during her lifetime, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday.

More than 100,000 pilgrims are expected to attend a service led by Pope Francisin St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican to honour the tiny nun who worked among the world’s neediest in the slums of the Indian city now known as Kolkata.

Her legacy fits neatly with Francis’s vision of a poor church that strives to serve the poor, and the ceremony will be a highlight of his Holy Year of Mercy which runs until Nov. 8.

Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity (MoC) order have been criticised both during her life and since her death in 1997, but many Catholics revere her as a model of compassion.

Thousands attended a papal audience on Saturday in the Vatican, where a large canvas of the late nun in her blue-hemmed white robes hung from St. Peter’s basilica.

“Her testimony makes us reflect and transform…and make a better world,” Brazilian priest Carlos Jose Nacimento said.

Critics say she did little to alleviate the pain of the terminally ill and nothing to tackle the root causes of poverty. Atheist writer Christopher Hitchens made a documentary about her called “Hell’s Angel”.

She was also accused of trying to convert the destitute in predominantly-Hindu India to Christianity, a charge her mission has repeatedly denied.

But Pope John Paul II, who met her often, had no doubt about her eligibility for sainthood, and put her on a fast track to elevation two years after her death instead of the usual five.

The Church defines as saints those believed to have led such holy lives they are now in Heaven and can intercede with God to perform miracles – two of which are needed to confer sainthood.

She is credited with healing an Indian woman from stomach cancer in 1998 and a Brazilian man from a brain infection in 2008.

The canonisation will also be celebrated in Skopje, the capital of modern Macedonia where Mother Teresa was born of Albanian parents in 1910 and became a nun aged 16.

In Kolkata, where the first MoC mission was set up in 1952, there will be prayers, talks and cultural events, but no major ceremony.

Delegations from at least 15 national governments are expected at the Vatican




57 responses to “Mother Theresa to be made saint in Vatican ceremony”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    An Indian man, who I knew and trusted, said to me:
    ‘If you send money to India to help the poor, send ONLY to Mother Teresa. Then it will get to them.’
    That’s enough for me.

    1. Hmmm …

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      1. Show me a kinder and more caring muslim Saint? I really don’t know of any, do you?
        You will find bad in anything if you look hard enough, but bad comes naturally in the strict Islamic faith, and appears to follow a cruel god that is different than than the Catholic teachings. An inherent lack of empathy and retrograde theology, if followed to required amounts.
        The Islamic religion is led by bloodlust, totalitarianism, and subjugation (do you require examples of the rituals and practices? I am sure you are aware). And unless you are unfortunate enough to be born into Islam, there is little appeal to this sick cult to most educated and open minded people. Go Buddhist if you need a god to leed you.
        At least she was trying for goodness.
        Apparently worthy of admiration by vast amounts of people.
        Wouldn’t you agree?

        1. I don’t think either Islam and/or Pharisaism (aka “Judaism”) have Saints – such only exists in Christianity. What does that say about Islam and Pharisaism (aka “Judaism”)?

          Abraham begat two sons from two wives: Ishmael (whose mother was the Egyptian maidservant Hagar) and Isaac (whose mother was Sarah). Because women cannot contribute to male haplogroups and haplotypes, Ishmael and Isaac inherited their father Abraham’s haplogroup and haplotype. Ishmael was banished from the family, married an Egyptian, and begat 12 sons named Nebaioth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Duma, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. “They lived from Havilah to Shur, which is east of Egypt, as thou goes toward Assyria,” the Bible tells us, and adds: “These are the sons of Ishmael . . . 12 princes according to their nations.” This became the Arab line. One of their descendants, according to the interpreters of the Quran living 30 generations later, was the Prophet Muhammad, also known as Mohammed, the founder of Islam.

          Following your argumentative approach, show me a kinder and more caring Pharisaic (aka Jewish) Saint. Show me any kind and caring Pharisee (aka “Jew”) for that matter.

          “Catholic teachings” – the Catholic Church is a giant octopus-mafia organization that takes cover under Christianity; they can shove their teachings deep. Only the teachings of Jesus Christ as Christianity matter.

          There is nothing immortal or divine about “Saints” – it’s a title given to lifelong servants of the Church. I never said Mother Teresa did bad – I said there is more than meets the eye with the Church’s endeavor – the case of Mother Teresa is not any different.

          Mother Teresa Was No Saint

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            ‘Take from the Rich … Give to the Poor’. Robin Hood was popular too. 😉
            Nothing says ‘the rich’ need to be ‘good guys’, does it? More often than not, they are not. But might believe there’s a god who will forgive them.
            Can’t say the Sherriff was chasing Robin to send all the money to the King.
            Organizing it requires some of the same tricks these days too.
            Catholic = Christian.
            The Roman version has it’s little failings .. which is largely why there was a ‘Reformation’ … but getting funding from anywhere was never a ‘bad’ thing to achieve, with all Religionists happy to have donations, especially if it helped some others. The key word being ‘some’, since all Money Collectors would need to be as selfless as St. Francis and just take anyone in who came to work for the purpose of building, while being fed.
            And that poor fellow wasn’t admired much for not sending proceeds to Rome. And even his own ‘church-people’ finally re-worked his concepts behind his back, and took Power from him … and a bit of his soul too, which probably killed him.
            Anyone with a little ‘thought-ability’ will come to realize that ‘saving’ absolutely everyone who suffers illness and starvation simply cannot be done … even if everyone in a country works to the purpose. And a Religion works to ‘save’ souls – not the failing bodies they occupy. However, there is a chance that some can be made happier with food, in that death-run we all face, and be made more comfortable when reaching the finish-line.
            SO …. Applying the ‘secular’ concepts of the ‘Tax-Collecting Government’ TO those of the Religionist who gives it all away in an ORGANIZED manner, is just as faulty as trying to apply the ‘religious concepts’ to running a country in a sensible manner – especially when it’s main purpose may well be taking from the poor to give to the very few rich.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            And Robin Hood knew it wasn’t the rightful King who was against his people in making them starving and poor. Being bled to death later with trickery supposed to save him from a bad Flu was simply revenge by the real ‘bad’ side.

          3. You are right. Nobody nor everything is perfect. My critic was/is the Vatican who, in my opinion, doesn’t do much at all to help Christians around the world but takes credit via media exaggeration. I’ve seen their officials walking around in Rome and the Vatican (they make the likes of El Chapo look like beggars). To make matters worse, I have yet to see them say a word about the imposters who call themselves “Jews” (Synagogue of Satan), IsraHell and the crimes they commit.

            Look at those who belong to the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews but are liars instead. I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and they will know that I love you. – Revelation 3:9

          4. Hind Abyad Avatar

            “Mother Teresa Was No Saint”.. who could say such thing?
            Now you’re wrong using Jewish owned news.


          5. Good F-ing God, those vermin really did infected every single outlet there is.

            My point is that there was exaggeration in Mother Teresa’s work in India – and when I say her work, I imply all the people involved in the endeavor. I most meant to criticize the Vatican more than her. It’s my fault as it gave an opportunity for the hasbara cancerous cells her to have a party.

          6. 5thDrawer Avatar

            …. sigh ….

          7. Hind Abyad Avatar

            “This little Arab piece of desert became a pool of Nobel Prizes, inspired the World, rich most developed country..

            “2 dead in Tel Aviv building collapse” (I’m sure the workers are cheap labour Palestinians)

          8. “I’m sure the workers are cheap labour Palestinians”

            The Palestinians could work for Palestinian companies. Perhaps it’s the difference in wages or the availability of work.

          9. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Good thing the top of it wasn’t starting …. some ‘bomb-proof’ garage perhaps.
            More than likely that cheap Beach Sand or Desert Sand, which makes weak cement structures … which is why ocean dredging is done for the good stuff … or why Dubai bought the sand from Australia.
            And shaking ?? You should feel the shake when a truck or bus runs over the rut in my street, caused by an apparent inability to patch a hole as well as when they paved the whole thing, then dug the hole 4 months later. 😉
            Main factor that holds me together? The house was built prior to the 60’s, when they began to use ‘modern’ building codes, which were invented for contractors. Very few ‘variances’ were allowed, back then.
            What’s a ‘variance’ you ask? That’s where the contractor gets to build whatever he wants, even if the neighbours are bitching like hell, IF he pays a ‘fee’ to some government dept. Sometimes inspectors don’t arrive ‘on time’ to check what’s going on … too.
            (Later called an ‘oversight’. Example – 2 apartments near me that were supposed to be 12 floors – to allow a little sunshine into later hours of a schoolyard, and a bunch of homes with gardens. First building was ok, although all the crap on a roof makes it like 13 floors. Took a while for someone to count the floors of the second … which then was 4 floors higher, although neighbours had called the answering machines. SO, an ‘oversight committee’ decided it would be unfair to make the guy take off the extras … and he paid a ‘fine’ for being ignorant in addition, and it finished at 5 extras – looking like 18 with the crap on the roof.)
            That was 25 years ago … imagine what people are buying now, in THEIR ignorance. 😉

          10. Hind Abyad Avatar

            So that’s the human condition ..corruption and ugly greed.
            Same here in French they’re called spider holes, it could be fixed with better material,
            but then Syndicates will loose work, so we have small earthquakes..

          11. Since you’re not responding to me very much, you’ve chosen to editing comments and removing the subject matter of my response. How James Bondish.

          12. A building collapses in Tel Aviv. A Joo poops in Montreal. No Jooish criminal can hide from the hawk-sharp eye of the mentally challenged Joo expert Crappyad at the Lebanese web site YaLibnan.

          13. Hind Abyad Avatar

            “A Joo poops in Montreal. No Jooish criminal can hide from the hawk-sharp eye of the mentally challenged Joo expert Crappyad at the Lebanese web site YaLibnan”
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            Go to harry’s place.

          14. I go where I please, my demented muse. Capisce? 🙂

          15. Hind Abyad Avatar

            And I say what i please, demented Zionist!

          16. You don’t say “what you please”. You just repeat what the voices in your head tell you. You are a schizo, after all. 🙂

          17. Hind Abyad Avatar

            You just repeat, repeat, with no facts you are a stalker a spammer and a liar,
            Israeli propaganda $$$$$.

          18. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Very frustrated man.

          19. You really take the price, referring to the short version on AMN, rader then going to a local source that tell the whole story.

            As usual, you pick the news that serves your needs to turn an accident into a tool of allegations against the Israelis.
            Now you know that only Iyad Rimawi died!

            Police said that as of Tuesday night, there are two other deaths in addition to Iyad, one a worker and another a foreign national. Three people are still listed as missing.

          20. See, you can express your thoughts much more succinctly than your usual bedsheet-size writings. And to remain just as mysteriously cryptic to boot. 🙂

          21. Sorry but I know little about the practices of the jewish faith. They have hummus and bagels, and pretty female soldiers and shiites wish death to them regularly. Have you studied them more in depth?
            I observe Islam mostly for all the fvcked up things they do.
            Maybe I am just trying to understand their mind-set, and how their, “religion”, functions among the many divisions, between the main followers of Islam and the relation between the various sub-sects. I am sure there are many in the ME that do not give two sh**ts about allah, but it seems to be a controlling factor over the population currently when picking sides.
            It is very entertaining.

          22. You need to get your facts straight. Neither hummus nor bagel are Jewish. Hummus (chickpea in Arabic) is very much from the Levant and bagel is of Austrian origin.

            Your “observation” of Islam is resumed to criticizing Iran and Hezbollah. I don’t see you write a word about Saudi funded Wahhabism and how they kill everyone (Muslim or not) who is not Wahhabi. You’re a hypocrite.

          23. Hind Abyad Avatar

            As croissants are of Austrian origine.. with a story,

          24. Retarded Arabs and their hummus obsession. You know, they also invented the zero. That’s one achievement no Joo can steal from them. 🙂

          25. Hummus is not the issue. Thieving, lying AshkeNazi thugs from Europe, Eastern Europe and ROW claiming that the Levant cuisine is theirs is the problem. Stealing the land wasn’t enough for them, they also had to steal everything else to pretend they are from the region.

          26. The only issue is your – and your brethren’s – idiocy, ignorance and hatred.

          27. Yes sure, commit crimes and expect people to praise you.

          28. Praise from you and your ilk? Any normal person would consider it an insult.

          29. I was talking about the AskeNazis.

          30. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Nobody can match your idiocy, ignorance and hatred.

          31. Is your English so bad that you have to copypaste from me? I mean, from me??? Isn’t Lasha Darkmoon enough?

          32. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Stop stalking i wont copy paste your idiocies Y Khara

          33. Hind Abyad Avatar

            ça vaut pas le coût vous parlez aux pierres

          34. Hind Abyad Avatar

            They stole Palestine and hummus.

          35. Many, if not most, Arab Nazis are “Christian Orthodox”, which explains their hatred for the Catholic Church (is there anybody they DON’T hate besides Nasrallah, Putin, Assad and Antun Saadeh?)? 🙂

          36. ‘Following your argumentative approach, show me a kinder and more caring Pharisaic (aka Jewish) Saint. Show me any kind and caring Pharisee (aka “Jew”) for that matter.’

            The only thing you deserve to see from a Joo, pal, is the stream of piss coming out of his circumcised shlong in the directon of your face. In fact, you deserve the same from non-circumcised Gentiles as well. 🙂

          37. It’s ming boggling how much you talk about male genitalia.

          38. Why does your presence immediately evoke that imagery? It is peculiar indeed. 🙂

          39. Everything to you evokes the male genitalia imaginary.

          40. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Zionist Jews are the world kings of porn magazines, too many government officials and Rabbi in Israel, are serial rapists.

          41. Hind Abyad Avatar

            I would’t grace him with a replie he’s getting more disgusting.

        2. Hind Abyad Avatar

          Show me kinder and more caring Zionist humanoids.

    2. Omega has shattered your trust in Mother Teresa, didn’t he?

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Is he telling me she had a Palace and money in offshore accounts??

        1. Ask Omega.

          1. Ask Omega what? Mother Teresa did more than all the Jews and Muslims on Earth, combined. My point is that the Church did collect a lot of money on her back and thus her work was exaggerated by the media.

          2. Hi “uncle Rudy”, how is the rest of ‘my family’?

          3. “chuckles”. It’s better than old fart and it’s not easy being you, or is it you being Ali, or……..

          1. Like I just told your uncle Rudy: Ask Omega what? Mother Teresa did more than all the Jews and Muslims on Earth, combined. My point is that the Church did collect a lot of money on her back and thus her work was exaggerated by the media.

        2. Absolutely not. Well said.

          I’ll repeat what I just told Matrix and his uncle Rudy:

          Mother Teresa did more than all the Jews and Muslims on Earth, combined. My point is that the Church did collect a lot of money on her back and that her work was exaggerated by the media.

          My critic was aimed at the Vatican (who collected millions via media campaigns) more than the woman herself (who couldn’t do much or more than she could because the money wasn’t availabe).

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar

            No use discussing with Alzheimer Matrix, it’s childish.

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