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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Pope Francis Declares Mother Teresa A Saint And Model Of Mercy

ope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, honoring the tiny nun who cared for the world’s most destitute and holding her up as a model for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls.




Applause erupted in St. Peter’s Square even before Francis finished pronouncing the rite of canonization at the start of Mass, evidence of the admiration Mother Teresa enjoyed from Christians and non-Christians alike.


For Francis, Mother Teresa put into action his ideal of the church as a merciful “field hospital” for the poorest of the poor, those suffering both material and spiritual poverty. By canonizing her during his Jubilee Year of Mercy, he in some ways is making her the icon of his entire pontificate.


Hundreds of Missionaries of Charity sisters in their trademark blue-trimmed saris had front-row seats at the Mass, sitting under a searing hot sun and blue skies alongside 1,500 homeless people and 13 heads of state or government, including Queen Sofia of Spain.


“Her heart, she gave it to the world,” said Charlotte Samba, a 52-year-old mother of three who travelled with a church group from Gabon for the Mass. “Mercy, forgiveness, good works: It is the heart of a mother for the poor.”
While big, the crowds were not as large as the 300,000 who turned out for Mother Teresa’s 2003 beatification, thanks in part to security fears in the wake of Islamic extremist attacks in Europe. Those fears prompted a huge, 3,000-strong law enforcement presence to secure the area around the Vatican and close the airspace above.


Nevertheless, those on hand were jubilant to have made the journey — nuns, priests, volunteers, pilgrims and tourists clutching the coveted 100,000 tickets issued for the Mass.


One group of 40 Indian nationals traveled from Macerata, Italy to honor a woman given India’s highest civilian and humanitarian awards for her work in the slums of Kolkata. Another group of 100 drove from Kosovo toting a banner that read: “Mother Teresa: Pray for Us.”
While Francis is clearly keen to hold Mother Teresa up as a model for her joyful dedication to society’s outcasts, he is also recognizing holiness in a nun who lived most of her adult life in spiritual agony sensing that God had abandoned her.
According to correspondence that came to light after she died in 1997, Mother Teresa experienced what the church calls a “dark night of the soul” — a period of spiritual doubt, despair and loneliness that many of the great mystics experienced. In Mother Teresa’s case, it lasted for nearly 50 years — an almost unheard of trial.
For the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Canadian priest who spearheaded Mother Teresa’s saint-making campaign, the revelations were further confirmation of Mother Teresa’s heroic saintliness. He said that by canonizing her, Francis is recognizing that Mother Teresa not only shared the material poverty of the poor but the spiritual poverty of those who feel “unloved, unwanted, uncared for.”
“What she described as the greatest poverty in the world today (of feeling unloved) she herself was living in relationship with Jesus,” he said in an interview on the eve of the canonization.


Francis has in many ways modeled his papacy on Mother Teresa’s simple lifestyle and selfless service to the poor: He eschewed the Apostolic Palace for a hotel room, he has made welcoming migrants and the poor a hallmark and has fiercely denounced today’s “throwaway” culture that discards the unborn, the sick and the elderly with ease.


In keeping with her spirit, he was treating 1,500 homeless people bussed into Rome for the Mass to a pizza lunch in the Vatican auditorium afterward.
Sunday’s festivities honoring Mother Teresa weren’t limited to Rome: In Kolkata, where she spent a lifetime dedicated to the poor, a special Sunday Mass was held at the order’s Mother House. Volunteers and admirers converged on Mother House to watch the canonization ceremony, which was being broadcast on giant TV screens in Kolkata and elsewhere.


Sisters of Charity volunteers planned to distribute food to the poor nearby after the ceremony, and community meals were being served across Catholic parishes in India on Sunday — a symbolic reference to Mother Teresa’s lifetime of service to humanity, said the Rev. Savarimuthu Sankar of the archdiocese of New Delhi.
“Let the example of Mother Teresa inspire all of us to dedicate ourselves to the welfare of mankind,” said Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.


Ceremonies were also expected in Skopje, Macedonia, where Mother Teresa was born, and also in Albania and Kosovo, where people of her same ethnic Albanian background live.


Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on Aug. 26, 1910, Mother Teresa came to India in 1929 as a sister of the Loreto order. In 1946, she received what she described as a “call within a call” to found a new order dedicated to caring for the most unloved and unwanted, the “poorest of the poor.”


In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity, which went onto become a global order of nuns — identified by their trademark blue-trimmed saris — as well as priests, brothers and lay co-workers.
She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
She died in 1997 after a lifetime spent caring for hundreds of thousands of destitute and homeless poor in Kolkata, for which she came to be called the “saint of the gutters.”
St. John Paul II, her most ardent supporter, fast-tracked her for sainthood and beatified her before a crowd of 300,000 in 2003.

Culled: Time.com


67 comments:

The Observer said...

Oh! Thought she was a saint already

White Diamond said...

Yeah. Finally!

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

Waiting for that of Blessed Iwene, our brother....hehehe!

#WhiteDiamondOut

EESAH ο»‹ο»΄οΊ΄ο»° said...

The definition of a Roman Catholic saint? Simply put, a Saint could be said
to be anyone who is currently residing in heaven.

So what this means is that God has communicated to Pope Francis that he has admitted Mother Teresa into Paradise??? Interesting..

So Pope Francis that condones homosexual relations is now God's deputy on earth?

Interesting!!!

Vivilicious said...

Has Fr Tansi been canonized?

Tayan Taylor said...

OK oh

Mystique said...

Loool.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Abeg leave me jare

Bella D Chemist said...

One of my role models. St. Teresa of Calcutta, gbadura fun mi

Blue Sky said...

Yes a saint finally your works are living proofs.pray for us to emulate your virtues towards the poor and needy especially Nigeria struggles in this moment of trial and difficulty

Anonymous said...

On Sainthood and all,
The idea of the word “saints” is a group of people set apart for the Lord and His kingdom. There are three references referring to godly character of saints: “that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints …” (Romans 16:2). “For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). “But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints” (Ephesians 5:3).
Therefore, scripturally speaking, the “saints” are the body of Christ, Christians, the church. All Christians are considered saints. All Christian are saints—and at the same time are called to be saints. First Corinthians 1:2 states it clearly: “To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy…” The words “sanctified” and “holy” come from the same Greek root as the word that is commonly translated “saints.” Christians are saints by virtue of their connection with Jesus Christ. Christians are called to be saints, to increasingly allow their daily life to more closely match their position in Christ. This is the biblical description and calling of the saints.

How does the Roman Catholic understanding of “saints” compare with the biblical teaching? Not very well. In Roman Catholic theology, the saints are in heaven. In the Bible, the saints are on earth. In Roman Catholic teaching, a person does not become a saint unless he/she is “beatified” or “canonized” by the Pope or prominent bishop. In the Bible, everyone who has received Jesus Christ by faith is a saint. In Roman Catholic practice, the saints are revered, prayed to, and in some instances, worshipped. In the Bible, saints are called to revere, worship, and pray to God alone.

A person suffering in agony will not be able to hear or answer a prayer, nor will a person who is living in heavenly bliss with God. If we pray to someone and he is in eternal agony, should we expect him to be able to hear and answer our prayers? Likewise, would a person in heaven be concerned for temporal problems on earth? God has provided His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the mediator between man and God (1 Timothy 2:5). With Jesus Christ as our mediator, we can go through Jesus to God. Why would we want to go through a sinful dead individual, especially when doing so risks the wrath of God?

Psalms 30:4, 31:23, 34:9, 37:28, all the saints (people of God) are called to love and fear God and God says He will not forsake His saints He will preserve them forever. Psalm 85:8 tells us God will speak peace to His people, His saints.

1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV says: Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
So Whats the summary, the Bible teachers that all believers in Christ, sanctified, consecrated and made holy by the blood of Jesus, are Saints. And we'll reign together with Christ t the end of it all. As for me, I'd pray to no "saint", only to God because I have the authority to call Him father, through His Son which died for me and redeemed me to God, blotting out my transgressions freely, by Grace I am saved.

By the way, this same Pope Francis who condones homosexuality, who proposed the idea of coexist, a Unitarian religion, who said animals go to heaven (lol) is declaring someone a saint?? As per wetin? Hahahahaha oga go and " work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" and ensure that you are named among the saints of God before all these your nonsense declarations jor.

*chews groundnut*

Barr. Oma said...

Saints are people that did ordinary things in an extra ordinary way. Roman Catholic did not tell you that saints are those that are in heaven, some people might be in heaven but not recognized as saints on earth,it doesn't stop them from staying there. So many things are put in consideration before one is declared a saint. Also pope Francis did not condone homosexual relationship, he is only saying hate the sin not the sinner because we all are sinners before God and can't condemn people.

Barr. Oma said...

Yes o,she is a saint of mercy. God's willing blessed Iwene will soon be a saint but it takes us asking for his intercession for it to be achieved.

Anonymous said...

Ese ogbeni "Ope" Francis. Adaa fun yin. Lol. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Not anonymous said...

Eesah Una no dey tire? Y'all keep analyzing, attacking and condemning the catholic church, una no dey tire??. NOTHING NOTHING you know think you know or can analyze my dear can bring down the church. The true catholics, true researchers that you don't know a tiniest chip of what they know have researched and are still in the catholic church. My dear rest ehn, heaven is for sure, we will all experience judgement day, let God judge the church and Pope when the time comes, you can never know more than those that know. Peace!

Nemerem said...

Saint Theresa of Calcutta/kolkata, pray for us.
She over deserve am, this news made my day.

Chijioke Okafor said...

What's your own this fellow... Who told u he accepts the gay life...he only preached instead of showing them hate...show them love & preach them to repentance... How can u convert whom u hate...see how heartless men can be...nawa 4u...& u b Christian... I know u attend 1 of these babalawo Churches

Falz´s Wife said...

Who is one man to declare another human a Saint?

Why do Catholics call on other humans whom they call 'Saints' to pray for them? Can't you pray for yourself?

No insults please, I just need clarity.

Falz´s Wife said...
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O.Olive. said...

Saint of our time : St. Teresa of Calcutta.

PORTABLE VIV the beautiful n sexy queen of sdk blog said...

Proud catholic

PORTABLE VIV the beautiful n sexy queen of sdk blog said...

Essah,face the gods u worship n leave us with our doctrine
Always looking for a way to rubbish Christianity
Face ur alusi n keep ur thoughts to urself

PORTABLE VIV the beautiful n sexy queen of sdk blog said...

Essah,face the gods u worship n leave us with our doctrine
Always looking for a way to rubbish Christianity
Face ur alusi n keep ur thoughts to urself

Anonymous said...

@ EEsah really?? Does he condone homosexuality?? Dis young generation should stop bringing curses on urself.. what happens to hate d sin and love d sinner?? Modern xtianity indeed!!! Who wiped Jesus' feet with her hair in d bible? What did he do to d woman caught committing adultery in d bible?... I urge u to indeed cast d 1st stone if u are without sin or fall where u stand... How many xtians today can live a selfless life like St. Teresa... No its all Prosperity!! N xtianity of convenience now.

James said...

Nice

James said...

Lovely

vivian ikieke said...

Saint teresa of calcutta. Pray 4 us ur children

Anonymous said...

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us

White Diamond said...

You're right, dear.

And hopefully it'll be ;soon.

#WhiteDiamondOut

Anonymous said...

Oma you're interceding for sainthood for a dead man? Will that help you in your walk with God? Are you yourself a consecrated saint of God? Abeg go and yansh down jare.

I-cee Rachel said...

You must be a Jehovah's witness. Keep deceiving yourself that you are a saint. Have you ever heard any Catholic ask a saint to grant their prayers? You only hear words like pray for us or interceed for us. If you can ask someone to pray for you begrudge us not for asking the same of our holy saints. Stop hating.

I-cee Rachel said...

If you can ask ur pastor that sleeps with choir mistress to pray for you, why won't we ask our venerated saints to pray for us. Secondly use ur search engines and find out what led to most of the saints being declared saints. You will be surprised.

Anonymous said...

All these plenty english for what? Ever heard of "judge not" mind ur business.

Oby O said...

EEsah, i would have taken a swipe at you, but I'm not quick to make unreasonable comments that will offend other sensible human beings that belong to the same denomonation as you...Pope Francis asked us to show them love as that is the only way you can convert them... The problem with most people is that they read to comment and not comprehend.

Oby O said...

Eh yaaaa.. No go find work.. Nigeria is officially in recession for your info.

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Oby O said...

If you honestly require clarification, kindly rephrase your first question.. It is quite disrespectful.

Jennah said...

Well I am not in for the sainthood because I don't believe in it but I am moved by this selfless woman. She was indeed an icon. Continue to rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Wow
Staint who lived in our time

Anonymous said...

A dead person cannot pray for you. ... Catholics should stop all this Mary worship and saints worships... It's idolatry....

Anonymous said...

Enter your reply...because they are ppl whom av lived a good life n those who seek their prayers wan to emulate such n therefore seek the grace of God through them to accomplish such...jus like some look up to pastors to pray for them.

ify onyekwelu said...

Mmmmmmmmm!
Thought provoking!

Shantelle's Empire said...

Ya all stop giving this rabbit teeth attention. It isnt about catholicism,he is an extremist always making hate comments about christianity.
He won't comment wisely on other posts,once he see's anything that concerns christians,he jumps @ it to display how much of a twerp he is.
Now he is spreading lies about the pope........Watch it child,lest you lose it.

Shantelle's Empire said...

Anon 19:45,he cant hate the sin and love the sinner cause he prefers to bomb the person. Or one of those extreme punishment he and 'his people' mete out. A wicked soul that will not remove the log in his eyes. Tueh!

Anonymous said...

Pray for Us,nice news

Falz´s Wife said...

Oby, it's either you answer or you don't. There is no need to rephrase anything. It's all part of the clarity I seek. If you don't have any answers, please ignore my question.

Falz´s Wife said...

Thank you Anon 22:34. But the issue here is that they are dead. How would the dead pray for you? Is it not up to you to live a good life yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and help you do so?

Why do you need to seek the grace of God through dead people? Why not pray directly to God for His grace?

As for those who also look up to pastors to pray for them, that is different because the pastors are living. Even though I see no reason why I should find a Pastor to pray for me when I can do so myself.

Anonymous said...

If a man of God" can lay hand on you,deliver you and of course pray over your prayer request and nothing is wrong with it.then it s hypocrisy to complain about who intercedes for us.The"Church"declares his saints.

Falz´s Wife said...

Correction, I can't ask a pastor to pray for me. I can pray to God and He would hear and answer me. Why should I need to go through someone else when I can pray in the name of Jesus as well?

Secondly, the Saints are dead aren't they? Why do you assume that they hear your pleas to them to pray for you?

Anonymous said...

Make them stop nah. Mumu

Sizzling Cakes n Events said...

N who made you the judge
Straighten your ways first before you face the Catholics

vincent cent said...

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us

White Diamond said...

No, Vivilicious.

#WhiteDiamondOut

Joefirst Joshua said...

For all you brainwashed catholics, who don't read your bible
Leviticus 18:22 " thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind, it is abomination"
Leviticus 20:13 "if anyman also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them"
Leviticus 18:24 "defile not ye yourselves in any of these things, for in all the nations are defiled which iu cast out before you"
Now, this are God's word, let's see if the change( cus some of you will say Old testament)
2timothy 2:3 "If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful, he cannot deny himself"
Matthew 5:17 "think not that I am come to destroy the law , or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill"
...................
And for those saying we are all sinners, read your bible well.
Roman3:23 "for all have sinned (past tense) and come short of the glory of God"
.... Now that I have repented of my sin, look at what the bible told me.
Rom8:1 " there is there is therefore now, no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after spirit"
2" for the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death"
...... So no, we are not all sinner.. And what does the bible say you do with sinners.
2corinthians6:14 " Be yee not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness, and what communication hath light with darkness"
... So pls read your bible from beginning to end, b4 saying this is what God said, and if you still a catholic, believing in this doctrine, receive Jesus Christ in your heart, not mary", and if you feel anything you want to ask me, whatsapp me on 09033422713. If you say nonsense I will block you. God bless

I-cee Rachel said...

Life doesn't end on earth, if it did then the entire foundation of the Bible is useless. Life continues after the life here as well. And yes we do pray to God the Son. If you were truly interested in finding out info, u won't be so condescending.

I-cee Rachel said...

We should contact you, but desist from honoring the saints and Mary. Your ignorance and audacity is alarming. Since you don't understand English let me educate you. Catholics don't worship Mary or the saints. The Catholic Church does not tolerate homosexuality. The Catholic Church was founded by Christ himself and has done more for humanity than your little mind can think of. Lastly there must be a reason why a billion people are Catholics. And by the way since you are Catholic hater, just be aware that you haven't read the complete Bible.

Oby O said...

Excuse me! You dont want to be insulted but iys okay to insult a religious leader who has is leading 40million people and you dont expect them to be offended??? You actually refer to him in that way and say yoi seek clarification??? Gosh! How insensitive can people be for heavens sake?? Obviously you will not het the clarification you seek by being rude and justifying it.. Why is ot okay to refer ro hom like that?

Anonymous said...

Catholic is not a real church. most of u hide under catholic to live unrighteous life. you dont want to hear the truth. you worship saints, mary and so on. but the bible said that Jesus is the only way to get help and mercy from God.

Falz´s Wife said...

Excuse you Oby, I said "Who is one human to declare another human a saint? It's a very simple question devoid of any insult. All it requires is an equally simple explanation why a human being is allowed to declare another a Saint.

Babes, you need to calm your titties down and stop being overly emotional. What is insensitive or rude about the question? The word 'human'?

Is the Pope not human? Or have you began to see him as God? πŸ˜„

OK maybe I should have asked the question this way "Who is the Pope to declare another human a Saint?" Does that sound better?

Like I said, if you don't have answers for me, just move along. I am not willing to insult anyone this morning or today for that matter.

Falz´s Wife said...

There's nothing condescending about my questions, you are just being too emotional just like Oby up there.

Falz´s Wife said...

I never implied that you do not pray to God the son..i know that you pray to Him. My first paragraph was addressing the issue of having pastors pray for people and I said that I do not need Pastors to pray for me when I can also pray in the name of Jesus like they do.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who claims to be a Christian and calls those who are with God in heaven dead shows he/she does not understand the statement that those who die in Christ are not dead but alive, much more alive than us here on earth.

The word "saint" is used to decribe all believers in Christ in the Bible and the Catholic church recognises that all believers in Christ transcend this realm of existence and has come to reserve the Canonized Sainthood for those who are already in Heaven, they have overcome the tribulations of this world and made it (Rev. 7:9) These are the Saints/Church Triumphant. There exist the Church/Saint militant, i.e. the Body of Christ on earth, still struggle (falling and rising in sin till they are made perfect and pass over to the other side). They are saint-in the making and are not sure until they finish the race and win the crown in heaven and the last set of saints are those who have left this world bu have not made it yet to heaven, they triumph is delayed because they have some imperfections. These are the Saints/Church suffering. They are in a intermediary realm between the life and heaven (called Purgatory) undergoing purification before they can enter heaven.

The Saints in heaven can pray for those on earth, ie why we ask for their intercession because they are aware of what goes on on earth.

The Saints on earth can pray for one another and ask those in heaven for intercession. Because as the body of Christ, we all share in the priestly mission of Christ, we can offer supplication for our fellow brothers and sisters on earth and this role is not terminated by death.

Those in purgatory cannot help themselves, they rely on those on earth to assist them with prayer thus the practice of praying for the departed (note I did not use the word the dead, because for us Christians we don't die, we transit from this life to the next life. A true Christian does not die, they change address!)

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us who are yet to imbibe the meaning of sacrificial love of those who Jesus call the least of the brethren. Help us to be truly charitable without looking for reward but only that Christ our lord is love and served in the poor and needing God's mercy.

Anonymous said...

Oby O did you just say 40million people? Im guesin u r talkin about only nigeria cos there are over 1billion catholics in the world

Olaide Davies said...

Anon please pray for yourself.

Olaide Davies said...

My friend, gba adura fu rare.

Joefirst Joshua said...

EhEheh! Dis one have being brain washed finish, I pray God will open your eyes, read the bible, not catholic pamphlets, where in d bible did you see purgatory, the bible only made mention of heaven and hell.

Joefirst Joshua said...

Catholic church do not tolerate homo, but your pope whom you all agree with said, you should embrace them, when God has said the are an abomination, you lie you don't worship mary, and whenever I go to catholic places, I see people kneeling down b4 her and requesting for things, and also, I respect her as much as I respect any of the people God used in the bible, paul, peter, John, Isiah, Moses, and lots more, but you won't see me praying to any of them, why?, they were privileged vessels, used by God. People like you and i

Adadioramma said...

St. Theresa of Culkata, pray for us and for Eesah repentant.

Ms A said...

Lmaoooooo abeg don't kill me with laughter. Their Bible is different from ours though.

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