mother teresa

Time of mercy: Holy doors close, but mission of mercy continues

A tapestry of St. Teresa of Kolkata was seen on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica as Pope Francis celebrated her canonization Mass Sept. 4 at the Vatican. St. Teresa’s canonization was a highlight of the Year of Mercy.

VATICAN CITY — The Year of Mercy brought more than 20 million pilgrims to Rome, but for Pope Francis, the idea always was that the celebration of God's mercy would be local: Have people experience God's love in their parishes and send them out into the world to commit random acts of mercy.

St. Louis Catholics share memories of Mother Teresa


Wherever Mother Teresa went, she'd give people a card with this prayer:

"The fruit of silence is prayer,

The fruit of prayer is faith,

The fruit of faith is love,

The fruit of love is service,

The fruit of service is peace."

It was her "business card," said the local Missionaries of Charity, who started a convent in St. Louis in 1979. The message embodied life and mission of the saint, who was canonized in Rome Sept. 4.

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.

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.

Syndicate content