Vatican Announces ‘Mother Teresa’ to Be Sainted After Being Credited With ‘Miracles’ After Death

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ROME — Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, also known as “Mother Teresa,” will be sainted next year as she is being credited with the purported healing of two people through what Roman Catholics believe is her intercession after her death, the Vatican announced on Friday.

Jorge Bergoglio, also known as “Pope Francis,” approved a decree on Thursday that Bojaxhiu was responsible for a second miracle 11 years after she died.

The situation involved a Brazilian man who contracted a viral infection in 2008 and slipped into a coma after developing brain abscesses.

“The patient’s wife continuously sought the intercession of the Blessed Mother Teresa for her husband,” explained Brian Kolodiejchiuk, who had called for Bojaxhiu’s cannonization, in a statement.

When the man was wheeled into an operating room, the arriving surgeon found him awake and asking, “What am I doing here?” He recovered, and despite being told that he would never be able to have children, his wife conceived.

The first miracle the Vatican attributed to Bojaxhiu was the healing of a cancerous tumor suffered by an Indian woman in 2003.

“[P]eople have sought her help and have experienced God’s love for them through her prayers,” Missionaries of Charity said in a statement following the declaration. “Every day, pilgrims from India and around the world come to pray at her tomb…”

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In the Roman Catholic religion, in order for a person to be sainted, they must be credited with bringing about two miracles after their death through their intercession, with the exception of just one miracle for those who are martyred for their faith.

“The Holy Father has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa,” the Vatican announced in a statement.

Bojaxhiu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work among the poor. She is known for her humanitarianism on the streets of Calcutta, India in founding the Missionaries of Charity.

“Mother Teresa” died in 1997 at the age of 87, and was beatified by Pope John Paul II. Beatification is “a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a dead person’s entrance into Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name.”

However, Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries in Plano, Texas, told Christian News Network that the concept that one can be responsible for a miracle after their death is unbiblical, as well as the notion that the dead can intercede for the living.

“According to Scripture, a miracle originates from God and He performs them to arouse people’s awe and wonder and to bear witness of Himself. The miracles God performs cannot usually be explained by natural causes,” he explained. “When we study miracles in the Bible we see that they consistently point people to the one true God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

“Miracles supposedly done through the intercession of dead Catholics do not meet these biblical principles,” Gendron continued. “They do not glorify God or point people to Christ, but instead bring glory to the dead Catholic ‘saint’ and point people away from Christ as the only mediator between God and man.”

The former Roman Catholic-turned-evangelist also noted that the practice of a theological leader “sainting” certain individuals does not line up with Scripture.

“God is the only one who can convert a sinner to a saint,” he said. “Saints are the ones God has sanctified or set apart in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 1:2). Of all the references to saints in the Scriptures we see they are alive both physically and spiritually.”

In regard to Bojaxhiu being honored by the Vatican, Gendron said that the selection is wrongful as she did not believe in evangelizing those of other religions, but rather had a Universalist mindset.

“[H]er theology embraced a works-righteousness salvation and she saw no need to evangelize. She encouraged Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists to be better Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists,” he said. “She never pointed people to Christ as the only savior, mediator and redeemer. Instead she taught a bizarre ‘pseudo-pantheism’ in which she believed Jesus was present in everyone.”

In her book “Life in the Spirit: Reflections, Meditations and Prayers,” Boxjaxhiu wrote, “We never try to convert those who receive [aid from Missionaries of Charity] to Christianity, but in our work we bear witness to the love of God’s presence, and if Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists, or agnostics become for this, better men — simply better — we will be satisfied.”

“It matters to the individual what church he belongs to. If that individual thinks and believes that this is the only way to God for her or him, this is the way God comes into their life — his life. If he does not know any other way and if he has no doubt so that he does not need to search, then this is his way to salvation,” she stated.

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  • Clae Brewer

    God rest her soul, but the dead cannot perform miracles on no one… I leave you with this wonderful revelation of scripture…

    Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die;
    But the dead know nothing,
    And they have no more reward,
    For the memory of them is forgotten.

    6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished;
    Nevermore will they have a share
    In anything done under the sun.

    • April J

      She was alive when the miracle was performed. That verse makes no sense in this context.

      • Clae Brewer

        Why should it make sense if you have no vernacular of what applied scripture means. Just don’t reply if you cannot
        ascertain biblical input.

        • April J

          I’d recommend looking up those big words in the dictionary first before trying to use them in a sentence, because your response doesn’t make sense either.

  • Oboehner

    I prayed to my dead friend Chester one time…

  • OneBreadOneBody

    And once again we are given a “news” story about centuries-old Catholic doctrine. If you people are really trying to lead people out of Roman Catholicism, why not try having a more generous spirit? Most of what I see here is invective with very little effort (none actually) to respect people who have chosen that faith. Not every Catholic was raised in it. Some of us got there by studying scripture and reading the writings of the first-century church.

  • Reason2012

    More anti-Biblical false teaching by the catholic denomination. Where in the Bible does it say people become saints when they get voted to be called it? Saints are people who are saved.

    “All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.”
    Philippians 4:22

    “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:”
    2 Corinthians 1:1

    Those of you in the catholic denomination, start noticing how the catholic denomination violates God’s Word over and over again: it leaves everyone without excuse that they are in a false anti-God religion and did not get out.

    “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

    And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
    Revelation 18:2-5

    • gizmo23

      By all means Let’s attack other Christians faith. eye roll please

      • Reason2012

        Pointing out they’re believing anti-Biblical claims is attacking them? Hardly. If it gives people a chance to come to the real truth of God to save them. Would you rather we remain silent and watch people walk over a cliff to their destruction?

        “[Jesus said] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

        Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

        Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

        And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
        Matthew 7:21-27

        Many would say Jesus was “attacking other Christian’s faith”.

  • 201821208 :)

    gotquestions dot org/saints-Christian dot html

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      It’s a good explanation – thanks for the link. I have one nitpick when it says:

      “In Roman Catholic theology, the saints are in heaven. In the Bible, the saints are on earth.”

      Aren’t the believers in Heaven also saints? So, would it not be better for the second quoted sentence to include them as well?

  • thelordlives2011

    This is just more apostasy of the Catholic Church. The Pope can not declare a person a Saint anymore my dog can. Pointing out anti-biblical teaching is not attacking another Christian faith, but it is called DISCERNMENT AND LEARNING.

  • robertzaccour

    Is being “sainted” the hall of fame for Catholics? What happened to being humble and giving glory to God? No disrespect toward Teresa.

  • Rick

    Exodus 20:3,4 You shall have no other gods before me.

    4“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

    The heresy of the Roman Catholic Church continues for it’s subjects as they feel the necessity to pray to false gods.