St. Teresa of Kolkata will always be 'Mother' Teresa, pope says

Pope Francis kissed a prayer card presented by a Missionaries of Charity nun at the conclusion of the canonization Mass of St. Teresa of Kolkata in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 4

VATICAN CITY -- With a large tapestry bearing the portrait of the woman known as the "Saint of the Gutters" suspended above him, Pope Francis proclaimed the sainthood of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, hailing her courage and love for the poor.

Despite the formality of the occasion though, "her sanctity is so close to us, so tender and fruitful, that spontaneously we will continue to call her 'Mother Teresa,'" Pope Francis said to applause at the canonization Mass Sept. 4.

Ferguson parish proud of namesake's canonization

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata step aside; St. Teresa of Kolkata is in the house.

Often known as simply Mother Teresa, she'll be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, Sept. 4, with the canonization Mass and ceremonies in Vatican Square.

Whatever title used to describe her — Mother, Blessed or Saint — the folks at her namesake parish in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are stoked that she'll be joining the litany of saints.

"People are very proud of that, very proud," said Father Robert Rosebrough, pastor at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish.

‘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.


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.

Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4; pope sets other sainthood dates

A group of Missionaries of Charity stood underneath a poster of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in Kolkata, India, in 2007. Pope Francis will declare her a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4, the conclusion of the Year of Mercy jubilee for those engaged in works of mercy.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4.

The date was announced March 15 during an "ordinary public consistory," a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.

At the same consistory, the pope set June 5 as the date for the canonizations of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski of Poland, founder of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, and Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad of Sweden, who re-founded the Bridgettine sisters.

Pope Francis recognizes miracle needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization. Blessed Teresa is pictured in a 1995 photo.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization.

Pope Francis signed the decree for Blessed Teresa's cause and advanced three other sainthood causes Dec. 17, the Vatican announced.

Blessed Serra described as missionary 'on fire' heeding Christ's call

A statue of Blessed Junipero Serra stands outside San Gabriel Mission in early May in San Gabriel, Calif. The first occupants of the mission were the Tonga, called the Gabrieleno by the early missionaries. Today, an active diverse parish, San Gabriel Mission celebrates nine Sunday Masses, five in English, three in Spanish and one in Vietnamese.

SAN FRANCISCO -- To Andrew Galvan, Blessed Junipero Serra is a stalwart of faith and mission worthy of the title "saint."

"He was all wood and nails. He was a tough dude. He fought, he defended, he wrangled, he was frustrated and he was frustrating," Galvan said.

A descendant of tribal members from the San Francisco Bay region, Galvan traces his family roots to California's first Christians, thousands of whom were baptized and confirmed by the 18th-century Spanish missionary.

Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Sept. 23 in Washington. Galvan said he hopes to be there.

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