Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican on 4th September, the conclusion of the Year of Mercy jubilee for those engaged in works of mercy.
The date was announced on 15th March during an ‘ordinary public consistory’, a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.
Among those who welcomed the news was the Primate of All Ireland, the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin. “It is wonderful news that Pope Francis has signed the decree for canonisation today, and that from September the Universal Church will formally acknowledge Blessed Mother Teresa as one amongst the communion of saints,” he said.
“Blessed Mother Teresa is much loved in Ireland having been a frequent visitor to our country during her lifetime. At the age of eighteen, she came to study English and begin her life as a nun with the Loreto Sisters of Dublin. In this Year of Mercy, I am especially conscious and express my profound gratitude to the Missionaries of Charity, the religious congregation founded by Blessed Mother Teresa, for their selfless outreach and ministry serving the homeless and hungry here in the Archdiocese of Armagh.”
Archbishop Martin will celebrate Mass on the evening of Wednesday 16th March at 7.30pm, on the vigil of patron St Patrick, in St Malachy’s Church, Armagh for Blessed Mother Teresa and for the four sisters of the Missionary of Charity – Sisters Anselm, Margherite, Reginette and Judith – and the twelve people, who were brutally murdered in a home for the elderly in Aden, Yemen, on 4th March. “Their faith, life and death provide a very strong witness to all Christians at this time,” he said.
“Tomorrow’s Mass in St Malachy’s will be attended by sisters of the Missionaries of Charity living locally, and will be offered for the intentions of the 4,500 worldwide members of the congregation. All are welcome.”