Missionaries of Charity

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.

Missionaries of Charity Fathers carry on work of Mother Teresa in Tijuana

Father Zbigniew Szczotka, a member of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, center, accompanies a group of men at the sanctuary of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, as they begin a short walk to invite people to Mass Aug. 21 in Tijuana, Mexico. They are part of a group doing spiritual and community service with the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa will be canonized Sept. 4 at the Vatican.

TIJUANA, Mexico — The men trudged down the dusty road of an impoverished Tijuana neighborhood. The Sunday morning air was already arid and hot, but the small group was on a mission: They were heading to a tiny neighborhood community center, bearing lemonade, food and prayers for the local families.

The men are members of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, founded by Blessed Teresa of Kolkata. The Fathers' generalate house has been in Tijuana since 1988.

‘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 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.

Masses in St. Louis honor ‘Martyrs of Charity’

Missionaries of Charity attended a memorial Mass March 14 at Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church in honor of their sister murdered in Yemen. They “are the martyrs of today,” Pope Francis said. “They gave their blood for the church. Bishop Edward Rice celebrated the Mass.
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A Missionaries of Charity sister described prayers and support from St. Louis Catholics as “overwhelming.”

powerful,” Sister John Janet said after Mass on March 14 at Sts. Teresa
and Bridget Parish, the Missionaries’ home parish in St. Louis. “You
can feel the love.”

About 160 people — representing religious

Pope: Missionaries of Charity killed in Yemen are 'martyrs of charity'


Three Memorial Masses will be celebrated in St. Louis on Monday, March 14 in honor of the Missionaries of Charity:

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