published : 2023-09-05

On This Day in History: Mother Teresa is Canonized as 'Saint Teresa of Calcutta'

The canonization occurred a day before the 19th anniversary of her death

A photo of Mother Teresa, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Mother Teresa, officially recognized as a saint, was canonized on September 4, 2016.

During her canonization Mass, she was given the title 'Saint Teresa of Calcutta'.

Pope Francis described Mother Teresa as a generous dispenser of divine mercy and a defender of human life.

He emphasized her dedication to the unborn, the abandoned, and the discarded.

According to Pope Francis, Mother Teresa's work was fueled by mercy, which brought flavor and light to the lives of the impoverished and suffering.

Her canonization took place on the day before the 19th anniversary of her death on September 5, 1997.

An image of Pope Francis during Mother Teresa's canonization Mass, taken with a Nikon D850

Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in what is now known as Skopje, North Macedonia, Mother Teresa grew up with Albanian heritage.

Feeling called to a religious life during her adolescence, she joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland at the age of 18.

In India, she found her adopted homeland and dedicated her life to serving the poor and dying.

In 1948, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a religious congregation focused on caring for the needy.

She gained international recognition for her work and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

The journey toward Mother Teresa's canonization involved the approval of two miracles attributed to her intercession.

A photograph showcasing the Sisters of Loreto, Mother Teresa's religious community, taken with a Sony A7 III

The first miracle involved the healing of Monica Besra, who had been diagnosed with a terminal cancerous tumor.

On the first anniversary of Mother Teresa's death, a ray of light emitted from a picture of her, and after prayers and the placement of a relic, the tumor disappeared.

The second miracle involved the healing of Marcilio Andrino, who suffered from a brain infection and hydrocephalus.

After prayers and the placement of a relic, Andrino's condition improved miraculously, leaving doctors unable to explain his swift recovery.

Both miracles were approved by the Vatican, leading to Mother Teresa's beatification in 2003 and eventual canonization in 2016.