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Things to know about Mother Teresa's canonisation

(AGI) Rome, Sept 1 - The canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the "Saint o...

Things to know about Mother Teresa's canonisation
Madre Teresa di Calcutta (Afp)  

(AGI) Rome, Sept 1 - The canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the "Saint of the Gutters" and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 1979, will will take place on Sunday morning. Her canonisation will be the culmination of the Jubilee of Mercy called by Pope Francis and will gather thousands of pilgrims from all over the world to Rome. Here is what to know about the event: WHO SHE IS - Mother Teresa, baptismal name Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was born in 1910 to an Albanian pharmacist in the Macedonian city of Skopje. At 18, she joined the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland, and was then sent to Darjeeling in India. In 1950, she received Pope Pius XII's authorisation to found the Missionaries of Charity congregation. She later opened the Nirmala Shishu Bhavan Children's Home, where she welcomed abandoned children, often after finding them in garbage bins. She was awarded the Balzan Prize and Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. After dedicating her life to "the poorest of the poor", Mother Teresa died in Calcutta (Kolkata) on Sept. 5, 1997. She was beatified by John Paul II on Oct. 19, 2003. Today, more than 4,000 members of her congregation continue her work throughout the world, with 150 homes in India, 30 in other Asian nations, 10 in Oceania, 45 in Europe, 52 in the Americas, and 30 in Africa. WHEN - On Sunday, Sept. 4, Pope Francis will hold Mass and preside over the canonisation rite in St. Peter's Square at 10:30 a.m. In light of Mother Teresa's status as a symbol of God's mercy for the poor and the marginalised, the celebrations of the Jubilee for Workers of Mercy and Volunteer will also take place on Sunday. PARALLEL EVENTS - On Friday, Sept. 2, three Masses will be held at the Basilica of St. Anastasia al Palatino: in English at 9 a.m., Spanish at 10 a.m., and Italian at noon. A vigil officiated by Cardinal Vicar of Rome Agostino Vallini will take place in the Basilica of St. John Lateran from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 3, Pope Francis will give a catechesis in St. Peter's Square at 10 a.m. A moment of prayer and reflection in music will be held at 5 p.m. at the Sant'Andrea della Valle basilica. It will be to the tune of an Oratorio in honour of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, "Mother", composed by Marcello Bronzetti, with the Fideles et Amati choir and orchestra. This moment of prayer in music will be followed by a veneration of the relics of Mother Teresa and a Mass at 7 p.m. AFTER THE CANONISATION - On Monday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Square, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will preside over a Mass of Thanksgiving for the First Feast of St. Teresa of Calcutta. (AGI). .