For a nun whose name has long been a byword for pious compassion, her canonization has been met with controversy.
CHR Comment: Allegations are brought by persons in India who believe Calcutta’s reputation was badly damaged by the presence of her mission, as though Calcutta was the worst place for poverty. Others question the amount of suffering endured by persons who were terminally ill under her care. There are also complaints from atheists that Mother Teresa was a fraud. Despite these complaints, the “controversy” seems rather small compared with the broad support for her mission.
Source: Mother Teresa’s Canonization: Controversy Mars Nun’s Work – NBC News
A cancer patient and a coma victim credit her for their recovery. “You have to accept that there are things that science cannot explain,” says an atheist physician who’s investigated miracle stories.
CHR Comment: Detailed description of the process and the specific miracles and persons involved in the process, including Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, an atheist who investigated miracles.
A confusing statement in the article is that no other Christian denomination teaches that “an individual [is] in heaven mediating between God and humanity.” In fact there are Orthodox and Protestant denominations that do teach persons in heaven intercede for those on earth, though with different emphases and practices. For example, Revelation 6:10 describes martyrs in heaven praying that the Lord would judge the wicked. However, Protestants would encourage those on earth to pray directly to God rather than ask the saints to mediate for them.
Source: How The Catholic Church Documented Mother Teresa’s 2 Miracles : Parallels : NPR
Also, from the Washington Post.
The sleepy village of Letnica, Kosovo, is where Mother Teresa found her calling before going on to become one of the most famous figures in the Catholic Church.
CHR Comment: The canonization will take place on September 4 but Letnica expects increased attendance at their annual Black Madonna festival. The town is also the location of the monastery where Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa) committed to becoming a missionary.
Source: Mother Teresa’s Hometown Prepares for Her Canonization – NBC News
Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor.
CHR Comment: Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was declared a saint by Pope Francis. The leader of the Missionaries of Charity was widely respected for her work among the poor in Calcutta, India, and as an advocate for human dignity. The article includes a fine infographic that explains the process by which someone is approved for sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church as well as biographical information.
Source: Pope Francis approves Mother Teresa for sainthood