Mother Teresa Canonization on September 4, 2016

Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, soon to be a saint, is such a world figure, she needs no introduction.   Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu‎ of Albanian parents on ‎August 26, 1910, in Skopje, in what ‎is ‎Macedonia today, Mother Teresa came to eastern India’s Kolkata city, formerly Calcutta, in 1929, as a missionary nun. Affectionately known as the "saint of the gutter" for her unconditional ‎love ‎for the poor and the abandoned, she founded her Missionaries of Charity congregation in 1950.   She earned numerous national as well as international honors for her works of mercy, including ‎the ‎Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.   She died on September 5, ‎‎1997 at the age of 87 and ‎St. ‎John ‎Paul II declared her Blessed in the Vatican, on October 19, 2003.  ‎And now Pope Francis will declare her a saint on Sept. 4 at a ceremony in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square. Sept. 4, 2016 celebrates the jubilee of the Workers and Volunteers of Mercy, and the 19th anniversary of her death. The date also coincides with the date previously established at the Vatican for the conclusion of the Year of Mercy pilgrimage of people like Mother Teresa who are engaged in works of mercy.