Mother Teresa to Become St. Teresa of Calcutta

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mother-teresaOn Sunday, September 4, 2016, Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Known for her many decades of humanitarian work in the slums of Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, Mother Teresa is revered by both  ____________________ (1 RELIGION) and secular people for her humble service to society’s marginalized. She founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity to serve the poor and ill in India and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work. She is especially celebrated for her ____________________ (2 COMPASSION) care of the ____________________ (3 TERMINAL) ill and of those with leprosy, and today her order runs hospices, orphanages, and homes for ____________________ (4 PREGNANCY) women and for the ____________________ (5 MENTAL) ill around the world. Mother Teresa’s work has not been without criticism, especially her strong stance against contraception and abortion, and many have called for greater ____________________ (6 TRANSPARENT) for her order’s medical and ____________________ (7 FINANCE) practices.

Mother Teresa’s rapid appointment to sainthood has been one of the fastest in modern church history, taking only 19 years since her ____________________ (8 DIE). Two miracles must be ascribed to a person (either during his or her life or after death) for the church to recognize their sainthood. Mother Teresa is said to have cured a tumor- ____________________ (9 STRIKE) woman in Kolkata, which led to her beatification, and healed a man with a ____________________ (10 VIRUS) brain infection in Brazil in response to prayerful petitions in her name, allowing her canonization. Thousands of pilgrims are expected to attend the canonization mass at the Vatican, and the event notably falls within the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, a holy year instituted by Pope Francis to encourage Catholics around the world to practice acts of mercy, such as those modeled by Mother Teresa.

(Adapted from on 2 September 2016)

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