Pope Francis: Mother Teresa Canonisation Approved…

Pope Francis: Mother Teresa Canonisation Approved…

Pope Francis has approved of the second miracle of Mother Teresa, thereby clearing the way for her sainthood.  mother-teresa-quotes-12

On 15 December he received the final approval of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints meeting.

The canonisation is expected to be sometime later next year. 

Speaking to Sky News, Thomas D’Souza, the Archbishop of Kolkata, a city which Mother Teresa made her home, said: “We are very happy and overjoyed with this news, the city of Kolkata has been waiting for this day. We thank God of the great gift he bestowed on us with Mother Teresa.”

According to a statement from the Vatican, the second miracle involved a Brazilian man with a viral brain infection that resulted in multiple abscesses with triventricular hydrocephalus.

In December 2008 the patient was in a coma and dying and various treatments had been ineffective.

The patient’s wife is said to have continuously sought the intercession of Mother Teresa for her husband

He was wheeled into the operating theatre for emergency surgery at 18:10 on 9 December 2008 .

At the same time, his wife went to her church and along with the pastor begged Mother Teresa for the cure of her dying husband.

At 18:40 the neurosurgeon returned to the operating room and found the patient inexplicably awake and without pain.

He asked the doctor: “What I am doing here?”

The next morning he was examined, fully awake and without any headache.

On 10 September this year, the medical commission voted unanimously that his cure was inexplicable in the light of current medical knowledge.

The man, now completely healed, resumed his work as a mechanical engineer without any particular limitation.  Source


Is this latest canonisation to be welcomed? Mother Teresa was certainly keen to help the poor, and was enthusiastic about making the world a better place: to her credit, she spoke out clearly against abortion, even in the presence of politicians. The miracle recounted above seems pretty convincing. Is all of that enough for canonisation? Should we be celebrating?

Comments (76)

  • Therese

    I have nothing of note to contribute to this discussion; I too have read some very disturbing things about what Mother Teresa allegedly said and believed, as well as her wonderful work for the poor and dying. I will always remember her for her uncompromising stand for the unborn. I read that she visited a hospital for AIDS victims, and a dying young man in that terrible condition grasped her hand and asked her why didn’t God send someone who could find a cure, and she answered that He had, but that that person had been aborted.

    January 2, 2016 at 9:36 pm
  • Athanasius


    We have to assume that Mother Teresa was of genuine good will. She was certainly a selfless servant of the poor, the needy and the dying, who personally acknowledged Our Lord as her Lord and had devotion to Our Lady.

    Sadly, she was in error in matters of faith and she spread that error around. Indeed, she even suggested that Archbishop lefebvre had “turned his back on Jesus” when he was forced to consecrate bishops to maintain the the Traditional priesthood, even though she acknowledged that she was theologically out of her depth in such matters. She was of the definite opinion that Popes can do no wrong, that they were somehow incapable of error, which history itself shows to be untrue. The case of Honorius I, for example, says all that needs saying on that front.

    So yes, she was, I believe, well intentioned and selfless, but theologically and doctrinally clueless. We commend her in hope to the mercy of God, for sure. But who with any true grasp of Catholic teaching would recommend her for canonisation?

    January 2, 2016 at 11:56 pm
  • Therese



    January 3, 2016 at 12:01 am

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