Multiple news reports today are confirming that the Vatican will canonize pro-life heroine Mother Teresa next year on the anniversary of her death. The September 5th ceremony falls within the Year of Mercy.
Mother Teresa was well-respected for her courageous and forthright views against abortion. Famously, the Catholic known also known for her role in helping to feed the hungry and end poverty, said that abortion “is the greatest threat to peace.”
Pope John Paul-II beatified Mother Teressa on October 19, 2003 and she passed away in September 1997. Now, her canonization is based on a miraculous cure God performed through Mother Teresa of a disabled man in Brazil who had multiple brain tumors.
News reports indicate Pope Francis has accepted the miracle — paving the way for the canonization.
The Vatican says Pope Francis has signed off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor one of the Catholic Church’s highest honors just two decades after her death.
It said Friday that Francis approved a decree attributing a miracle to Mother Teresa’s intercession during an audience Thursday, his 79th birthday.
No date was set for the canonization, but Italian media have speculated that the ceremony will take place in the first week of September – to coincide with the anniversary of her death, and during Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy.
Mother Teresa, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, died on Sept. 5, 1997, at 87.
The famous Mother Teresa interview in which the revered Catholic nun maintained that abortion is the “greatest threat to peace in the world” has been uploaded to YouTube for people to appreciate.
Mother Teresa gave the interview to Thom O’Connor in 1985 and, though her words are well known, the footage of the interview has rarely been seen until now.
During the interview, she says the unborn baby is created “in the image of God for greater things, to love and be loved.”
“That is why it is such a terrible thing to think that the mother, to whom the child has been given as a gift of God, could destroy it,” she says.
“That’s why I think that abortion has become the greatest destroyer of peace today because it destroys the life of the child, but also destroys the conscience of the mother also, and for years and years, she knows that she has murdered her own child,” she said.