Thousands of people are expected to gather in St. Peter’s Square in Rome to witness Mother Teresa’s canonization. This means that she will receive high Catholic honor of sainthood.
The canonization mass will be held on Sunday morning in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City and Pope Francis is expected to lead the event.
Mother Teresa is widely known to be the devoted nun who sacrificed her life for the poor people in India. After her death, John Paul II approved a miracle attributed to her that paved way for her beatification.
According to CNN, the crowd is anticipated to surpass 300,000 people who attended Pope John Paul II’s beatification of Mother Teresa in 2003.
What took Mother Teresa’s canonization so long and why only now?
In a report published by ABC News on their website, Mother Teresa’s canonization has actually been a relatively swift canonization. Thus, it can take hundreds of years for someone to be acknowledged as a saint.
“Until the 20th century, a person had to have been dead for at least 50 years before canonization would even be considered,” ABC News added. “Pope John Paul II sped things up by changing this to five years. An in Mother Teresa’s case, this waiting period was waived altogether.”
Dr. Joel Hodge, a theologian at the Australian Catholic University, described that the ‘timing of canonization is a balancing act.’
“We want to be careful not to get caught up in the moment of someone’s death. But at the same time we also want to recognize people’s sense that this person was significant and holy,” Hodge added.
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