The canonization of Mother Teresa into sainthood has been a long time coming, dating back to immediately after her passing when Pope John Paul II first started the conversation.
As the world celebrates Mother Teresa, here are some quick facts about her:
1. Sainthood is nothing new to Mother Teresa. In fact, she was known during much of her life as a “living saint.”
2. Mother Teresa was born in modern day Skopje, Macedonia as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, in 1910.
3. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her tireless and outstanding work helping the needy in the slums of Calcutta.
4. Her humanitarian work alone would not have been enough for canonization. Indeed, the Catholic Church documented two miracles performed by Mother Teresa. A woman in India whose stomach tumor disappeared and a man in Brazil with brain abscesses who awoke from a coma both credited their dramatic recovery to prayers offered to the nun after her death in 1997.
5. While Mother Teresa is one of the most admired figures in modern times, the admiration is not completely universal. She does have her detractors. Much of the criticism of Mother Teresa has focused on how her practice of Catholic devotion collided with the real needs of the impoverished people she set out to help. In the eyes of some, particularly in India, she put fame and piety before her mission of aid.