‘Mother Teresa’ Declared a Saint by ‘Pope Francis’ After Being Credited With Miracles in Death

Photo Credit: Manfredo Ferrari
Photo Credit: Manfredo Ferrari

ROME — Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, also known as “Mother Teresa,” was declared a venerated saint on Sunday after she met the Vatican’s requirement of being credited with the purported healing of two people through what Roman Catholics believe is her intercession in death.

“[A]fter due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint, and we enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole church,” Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, declared at the Vatican before an estimated crowd of 120,000 people on Sunday.

A large painting of Bojaxhiu was displayed during the announcement, during which time Bergoglio stated that some might forget to now call her “Saint Teresa” instead of “Mother Teresa.”

“She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity,” Bergoglio said, referring to Bojaxhiu’s work among the poor. “She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.”

As previously reported, Bojaxhiu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her attention to the world’s impoverished. 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.”

In December, the Vatican announced that Bojaxhiu would be canonized after being attributed to two miracles since her passing.

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“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,” it said in a statement.

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

“[W]hen I prayed to Mother Teresa from my heart, Mother Teresa blessed me and now I am healthy,” Monica Besra told CNN last week.

The second 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 canonization, in a statement last December.

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.

While many have applauded the Roman Catholic Church’s declaration of Bojaxhiu as a saint, others have expressed concern over the development—including the concept of canonizing any person in the first place.

“The world needs to know that God is the only one who converts a sinner to a saint. It is God alone who chooses and calls His saints out of the world to be sanctified or set apart as new creatures in Christ (1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 5:17),” Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries said on Monday.

Gendron, a former Roman Catholic whose ministry seeks to reach Catholics with biblical truth, explained that there were concerns over a number of the statements made by Bojaxhiu.

“Mother Teresa did not believe or proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation,” he said. “She encouraged Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists to be better Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. 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,” Bojaxhiu 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.

Gendron also noted that Bojaxhiu struggled with her own faith at the end of her life, writing in a letter, “Lord, my God, you have thrown [me] away as unwanted and unloved. I call, I cling, I want, and there is no one to answer, no, no one. Where is my faith? There is nothing, I have no faith.”

“Yet, in spite of her lack of faith and her rejection of the gospel of Jesus Christ, this unbelieving agnostic has been declared a saint,” he said.

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  • Amos Moses

    “After Being Credited With Miracles in Death”

    So this blasphemy, trying to steal glory from God/Christ for miracles they have performed ….. this idolatry that this person has in no way any power to perform ……….. the RCC has left all scripture in the dust for the traditions of men and idolatry ……….. very sad ……..

    • BobbyHead

      Great, this time no racist comments from Amos.

      • Amos Moses


      • Amos Moses

        You have yet to show even one……

  • BobbyHead

    Millions of Catholic live in darkness because they are not told by the Catholic Church to study the Bible for themselves. Other wise they would clearly see that all Christians are Saints. Not who a Pope in sissy clothes tells us whose a Saint.

    ALL CHRISTIANS ARE SAINTS. Just call me Saint Bob.

    • Triamene

      Say what? I was raised Catholic and we had Bible studies weekly. There were Bible readings each Sunday and the sermon focused on those readings. And why are you picking on his clothes? Who cares what he wears?

      • BobbyHead

        I also grew up in a Catholic church and they never had Bibles during the mass and there was no studies from the Bible.

        it was all the catechism.
        I never saw anyone with a Bible in their hand not even the priest.

        these days because the Protestant churches have been teaching the Bible for since Jesus rose, now for the last 30 years the Catholic church has been copying the Protestant churches and are having Bible studies now.

        I guarantee you one thing they’re not teaching them correctly they’re twisting the Bible from Catholic Doctrine and tradition.

        They still pray to Mary they, they still believe in purgatory, they still pray to idols and statues.

        nothing has changed and they still think Jesus is being crucified all over again in every Mass.

        the Bible tells us th at Jesus was crucified once for all

        • Triamene

          There’s nothing wrong with the catechism. It’s not like it contradicts the Bible anyway.

          Most of the Protestant churches I know of don’t have Bibles in the pews either. That’s because they’re not there to read the Bible. They are there to hear the priest/pastor PREACHING from the Bible.

          Catholics are Christians, they have no reason to “twist” the Bible. And they don’t.

          The purpose of the mass isn’t to re-created the crucifixion, obviously. It’s to remind people of the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

          • BobbyHead

            Most of the Protestant churches don’t need Bibles in the pews, we bring our own. And the Protestant men Pastors want us to bring our Bibles and to study the Bible at home too.

          • Triamene

            For what reason would you bring your Bible to church? You are supposed to pay attention to the service, during which the parts of the Bible to be focused on will be read to you.

          • BobbyHead

            Obviously you’ve never been to a Bible teaching Church

          • Triamene

            I’ve never been to one that WASN’T a Bible teaching church. There is no point in bringing a Bible to church, they don’t want people reading when there is a service going on, they want you to focus on the Bible’s message being read and meditated on. Read the Bible AFTER service is over.

          • BobbyHead

            It sounds like you’ve never been outside the Catholic Church, anyhow this is the last time I’m going to educate you about Bible teaching churches.
            When we go to our Bible teaching churches, the first thing the pastor says in all Bible teaching churches (now listen understand this)
            this is what the Pastor says to the congregation, “Open your Bibles to 1st Corinthians 3:2 (or whatever passage he is teaching from). The pastor expect us all to have a Bible in our hand so we can follow with him and, if we want, make notes in our bibles, if we want.
            You obviously have never been to a real Bible teaching Church.

          • Triamene

            I am not talking not only of Catholic Churches but of Lutheran and Anglican ones. All are Bible believing churches (I would like to know what a NON Bible believing church is???)

            As I said, the Bible is unnecessary in church because the appointed Bible verses for the service are all printed out in the material which is handed out. In each service there is an Old Testament reading, an epistle reading, and a holy gospel reading. I think you will find that three readings from the Bible to meditate on in the space of an hour qualifies the Catholic Church as Bible-believing.

    • mizz.clark

      BobbyHead you are right! I was sent to a boarding school that made nuns..and I almost became one..and thank heaven the Lord removed me
      from that false religion. They do not teach saved by grace. you have to earn your way out of purgatory..its all a sham. And they are the ones who
      gave a bad name to true Christians by killing off true Christians ..like
      during Henry the 8th time..like Tyndale. I was born in it..breathed it..more
      then your reg. catholic..like I said I almost became a nun. They dont want
      you to know how to be saved..they want you to work for it. AND you need
      NO man to teach you for you all have the Holy Spirit..1Jo 2:27
      That is IF you are saved..and its saved by Grace and not of your self!
      Eph 2:8…Coming from a catholic back round I say get into the Word of
      God and you will find all the things that are wrong with the catholic church.
      That is how I found the truth.

      • BobbyHead

        Miss Clark the Lord has delivered you from the bondage of the that black Church. Praise God.

  • Reason2012

    God makes it clear saints are those He has saved, including those who are alive.
    It has nothing to do with miracles, with votes, with being no longer alive.

    Acts 9:32 “And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.”

    2 Corinthians 8:4 “Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.”

    2 Corinthians 9:1 “For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:”

    Ephesians 1:1 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:”

    Colossians 1:2 “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

    We all need to be reading the Bible for ourselves, not relying on what anyone tells us about it, but checking for ourselves.

    2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

    Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

  • Chrissy Vee

    Oh good grief!

  • cadcoke5

    None of the articles I have seen about Mother Teresa’s canonization actually describe what canonization is. So here it is.

    The official doctrine of salvation starts with the idea that your sins are forgiven only up to the point that you believe in Christ. Then, any sins you commit after that point are expected to be paid for by the sinner, either by good works, or by suffering in this life or in purgatory. A venial sin is a lesser sin that you can pay for in purgatory if you die without repenting of it. A mortal sin is one that sends you to hell permanently, if you die without repenting of that sin.

    A saint is anyone who has gone on to heaven, either directly from their time on earth, or after their time in purgatory.The canonization process is when the RCC regoginizes that the individual hs arrived in heaven. Miracles are one of the evidences they expect to see.

    The idea of performing miracles is no different than when some of the disciples in the New Testament performed miracles. My biggest gripe with this RCC doctrine is the idea of patron saints starts to look very much like the pagan deities, where you have specific false gods to pray to for specific kinds of needs, and patron gods for each town.

    To us non RCC, these doctrines I stated above looks very much like a false religion. But, it is also important to know that the RCC acknowledges that Jesus is God, and says that salvation is by faith in him alone. This is quite different than what you typically see in false religions. So, I consider the RCC to actually be a true Christian denomination, even if it has some significant doctrinal errors. I suspect the RCC has a mix of true Christians, and those that are not true Christians, just as every protestant church does.

    • BobbyHead

      All Christians are Saints whether they’re here alive on Earth or rejoicing in heaven. they do not need any special cananation from some guy in sissy robes in Rome. All Christians are Saints.

      end of story.
      read the Bible it’s clear as a bell

    • BobbyHead

      The Catholic church is so messed up they say you can find everlasting life and entry into heaven from any cult on Earth. You’ll find Everlasting damnation in the Catholic church from what they preach.

  • Rick Derris

    Why are the names in quotes? Is the author trying to imply that they aren’t real people?

  • Triamene

    I have NEVER heard her referred to as “Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu”, is there a problem calling her Mother Teresa?

    • Lexical Cannibal

      Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was her birth name, Anjezë being a Macedonian cognate of Agnes. She assumed the name Teresa when she took her vows, after Thérèse de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries. I’m not exceptionally familiar with the Catholic practice of assuming new, religious names, though I wouldn’t be surprised if referring to her by her birth name here was a sideways slight by the author, since they’re not especially Catholic friendly all the time, here.

  • Rick

    All who have placed their hope in Christ are saints in Christ. Not for anything they have done but only by what Christ has done in them.

    Ephesians 1:15-19 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your lovef toward all the saints, 16I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.

  • Why the inverted commas round the names and titles? Mother Theresa and the Pope are generally known by these names; if you’re implying they’re not their real names, then you need to be consistent and use inverted commas every time you refer to ‘Jesus.

  • Amos Moses

    More than three years into this bizarre pontificate, one thing has become clear to the informed objective observer: “Father Bergoglio,” as he is wont to call himself when undermining Catholic doctrine by telephone, is abusing the papal office like no other Pope before him in an attempt to pass off his own ideas as binding on the Church.

    On and on he goes, telling us whatever he thinks as if he actually expects any believing Catholic to accept his notions as authentic Church teaching, including these:

    · the admission to Holy Communion of people living in adultery in “certain cases”;

    · the embrace of environmentalism, “global warming” hysteria and the United Nations “sustained development goals”;

    · the absurd whitewash of Islam, the demand for unrestricted Muslim immigration and the outrageous claim of a moral equivalence between Islamic terrorists and Catholic “fundamentalists”;

    · the approval of contraception to prevent transmission of the Zika virus;

    · the condemnation of women who have multiple Caesarian sections as “irresponsible” mothers who tempt God and breed “like rabbits”;

    · the claim that anyone who is baptized belongs to the same Church as Catholics;

    · the reduction of the defined dogma of transubstantiation to an “interpretation” on the same level as the Lutheran heresy;

    · the condemnation of the death penalty as per se immoral;

    · the depiction of Mary as embittered over being “tricked” by God regarding her Son’s kingship;

    · the depiction of Jesus as a prevaricator who only pretends to be angry with His disciples and a reckless youth who had to apologize to Mary and Joseph for his “little escapade” in the Synagogue while they were looking for him;

    and so on and so forth—endlessly, day in and day out.

    • BobbyHead

      The Catholic church is not a Christian Church. Purgatory is not in the Bible, praying to Mary and the Saints and statues is not in the Bible. It’s against the Ten Commandments.
      Having Jesus be crucified in every mass is not in the Bible. Jesus was crucified once for all.
      the pope is not the very Vicar of Christ, the Pope is an imposter. Did I say they don’t read the Bible there either?
      And there’s only one way to the father and everlasting life and that’s through his son Jesus Christ only; not by the Catholic Church

  • Gena B

    Not a Catholic but have nothing but respect for M. Teresa. She worked tirelessly to care for those who people treated worse than dogs. Giving people a place to die with love and care around them. She always gave God all the credit and said she was nothing but the Lords vessel. I think she would be horrified to see the Catholic Church making her a saint. She only went to receive the Nobel Peace prize after someone convinced her it would bring about help to the poor people. The Pope gave her a car and she raffled it and all the money went to the poor. I have never heard of a Christian as dedicated as her to serve others so we should at least respect the work for God’s glory.

  • peanut butter

    The only one who can make intercession to Father in Heaven is Jesus Christ. He is the only way to get to the Father. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Sure, people can pray for you, but they pray “in the name of Jesus Christ”. Christ still makes the intercession, not mere man.

  • Georgie Franklin

    Oh please . Everyone knows Catholics are going to hell ! With the queers.