- Jul 8, 2020
If there was one who showed courage and creativity in bringing God’s mercy to the world, like Pope Francis urges, it was Mother Teresa, the diminutive founder of the Missionaries of Charity, who will be declared a saint by Francis in a Sept. 4 canonization ceremony in Rome.
Jesuit Father Ante Gabrić, a Croatian missionary who left for India at the age of 23 and spent fifty years there before he died in 1988, is today a candidate for sainthood. He fed the starving, clothed the naked and saved lives, both during natural disasters, which were an annual phenomenon, and at other times.
On Sept. 4, Pope Francis, who has spent this jubilee year preaching about mercy, will canonize Mother Teresa, who traveled the world to deliver a single message: that love and caring are the most important things in the world.
The Vatican will anticipate the canonization of Mother Teresa with a special postage stamp to be released Sept. 2, two days before she’s declared a saint. The 95-cent stamp features a wrinkled but radiant Mother Teresa smiling in her blue-trimmed, white sari, overlaid with an image of her holding a child’s hand.
Archbishop Henry D’Souza of Calcutta, who once arranged an exorcism for Mother Teresa and who later launched the process for her canonization, and who described himself as her “special son,” died June 27 at 90 years old.
After an Indian politician linked to right-wing Hindu nationalist movements recently claimed that Mother Teresa was trying to “Christianize” India, Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil fired back, telling Crux those “rash comments” are not only untrue, they risk demeaning the “great religion” of Hinduism they purport to represent.