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‘Do small things with great love’ | Mother Teresa, who served the ‘poorest of the poor’ in Kolkata, will be canonized Sept. 4

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata cares for a sick man in an undated photo.

KOLKATA, India

A favorite motto of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was: "Do small things with great love."

But the "small things" she did so captivated the world that she was showered with honorary degrees and other awards, almost universally praised by the media and sought out by popes, presidents, philanthropists and other figures of wealth and influence.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

A man is rescued from the ruins following an earthquake in Amatrice, Italy, Aug. 24.

VATICAN CITY — Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service.

Beginning the audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis said he had prepared a normal audience talk on how the merciful Jesus is close to people, but given the devastation in central Italy, he decided to lead the recitation of the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary.

Women religious at assembly urged to face crisis with contemplation

Sister Marcia Allen, a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas, and president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, delivers her address Aug. 10 to attendees at the LCWR assembly in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — About 800 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious gathered in Atlanta for their annual assembly Aug. 9-12.

With the theme of "Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation," the sisters considered where God is moving in today's world as they face smaller and graying communities.

"The whole assembly is about listening to the movements of God, not only individually, but collectively," said Sister Annmarie Sanders, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is LCWR's communications director.

Mother Teresa is model of mercy at work, fueled by prayer

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata cares for a sick man in an undated photo.

VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis canonizes Blessed Teresa of Kolkata Sept. 4, he won't simply be fulfilling a special duty of his office, he will be honoring a woman he has called "a symbol, an icon for our age."

When talking about the intersection of prayer, mercy, concrete acts of charity and peacemaking, Mother Teresa was Pope Francis' go-to reference.

In one of his early morning homilies in November, Pope Francis spoke about war and about how, by the way they live their lives, many people promote hatred rather than peace and selling weapons rather than sowing love.

Gymnast keeps rosary -- a gift from her mom -- close when she competes

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles competed in the women's individual all-around final during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 11. Biles won 4 gold medals and 1 bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles says when she travels, she sometimes takes with her a statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, and she also carries a rosary her mother gave her.

Biles, who won gold in the women's gymnastics all-around competition Aug. 11 and helped lead the U.S. women to a team gold Aug. 9, made those comments to Us Weekly.

Pope names Dallas bishop head of new office for laity, family, life

Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas spoke at an interfaith prayer vigil at Thanksgiving Square in Dallas July 8. Bishop Farrell was appointed to direct the Vatican's new office for laity, family and life.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has named Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas to head the Vatican's new office for laity, family and life.

The Dublin-born bishop will celebrate his 69th birthday Sept. 2, the day after the new Vatican office officially begins its work.

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