St. Patrick, you’ll have company Sept. 4. That’s the date set for Mother Teresa’s canonization — formally becoming a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta at a pro-life meeting on July 13, 1986 in Bonn, Germany. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
As Catholic News Agency reported Tuesday:

“Though it’s been rumored for months that Mother Teresa’s canonization will take place Sept. 4, the Vatican made the date official during a March 15 consistory of cardinals. Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu Aug. 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia. After joining the Sisters of Loretto at age 17, she was sent to Calcutta, where she later contracted tuberculosis, and was sent to rest in Darjeeling.

“On the way, she felt what she called ‘an order’ from God to leave the convent and live among the poor. After she left her convent, Mother Teresa began working in the slums, teaching poor children, and treating the sick in their homes. A year later, some of her former students joined her, and together they took in men, women and children who were dying in the gutters along the streets.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner (in 1979) died Sept. 5, 1997, and was beatified six years later by St. John Paul II on Oct. 19, 2003.

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