Saturday, 3 September 2016

Mother Teresa to be made a saint

 Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be declared a saint on 4 September.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta will officially be declared a saint on September 4. A special mass will be held at St Peter's square in Rome to mark the occasion. The Catholic nun was known for her work with helping the poor and needy.

Mirror gathered that in the Catholic church the only reason you can be made a saint is if there are official verifiable miracles at least two attributed to you after your death. In her case,  Pope Francis had recognised her second miracle in December last year.

Mother Teresa died in September 1997, at the age of 87 and her canonisation began just two years later. She will officially be made a saint exactly 19 years after her death.

The process starts with the Bishop of the diocese where an individual died opening an investigation into their life.

This investigation needs to show they lived a life sufficient in holiness and virtue to be considered a saint.
During this process, evidence is gathered on the person's life and deeds - including witness testimonies.

If there's enough evidence the Bishop then asks the Congregation for the Causes of Saints - the department that makes recommendations to the Pope for people to be made saints- for permission to open the case.
Once this is accepted the individual becomes known as a 'Servant of God'.

The next stage in the process is to prove the individual led a life of 'heroic virtue'.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints examines evidence of their holiness, works and signs that people have been to drawn to prayer.

If this is approved, the Pope then decides they have lived a life of 'heroic virtue' and the individual can be called 'venerable.'
Between 2001 and 2002, 35,000 pages of documentation were collected to prove the case for Mother Teresa.

After being declared venerable, the next stage is beatification - when a miracle needs to be attributed to prayers made to the individual after their death.

This miracle is seen as proof the individual is in heaven because they are regarded as being able to speak to God on behalf of those making prayers, and thus responsible for any miracles that happen.
The final step is canonisation. This takes place after a second miracle is deemed to have occured.

In the example of Mother Teresa, this will have been defined by someone praying to her to ask God on their behalf - to intercede - for their healing. The Vatican examine whether this act of prayer has been effective, and if the healing can only be attributed to a miracle. If it can, a second miracle is judged as proven.



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