On Sunday Pope Francis will lead a two hour long service to canonise Mother Teresa, so that she will be now known as Saint Teresa of Kolcata. Some people are orverjoyed about this with the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, paying tribute to Mother Teresa in a radio broadcast, saying “she devoted her whole life to the poor”. He added: “When such a person is conferred with sainthood, it is natural for Indians to feel proud.”Others have been more critical, agreeing with the late writer Christopher Hitchens who wrote, she was a “religious fundamentalist, a political operative, a primitive sermoniser, and an accomplice of worldly secular powers”.
If you haven’t had chance to learn about Mother Teresa in your RE lessons an American Catholic website has an in-depth review of why she is revered by millions of Catholics.
Rita Ora will be performing at the ceremony, to celebrate Mother Teresa’s Albanian heritage.