BLESSED MOTHER TERESA TO BE CANONIZED!
As soon as I learned the news this morning, I posted one line on my Facebook page: FLASH – Mother Teresa to be canonized!
I heard the news this morning at Vatican Radio when I went to record “Joan’s Rome” and I put it on Facebook immediately via my Samsung phone.
How can you not love this photo of two of the greatest people who have graced this earth! (photo: asianews.it)
Though the announcement was made public only today, it refers to a meeting Pope Francis had yesterday, December 17 (his birthday) with Cardinal Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Causes of Saints, in which three decrees were promulgated, the first of which was for a miracle for Mother Teresa. Just two days earlier, 17 decrees were promulgated in another similar meeting.
The Pope gave himself – and us! – a great gift!
I have written about this for some time, saying I expected the announcement of her canonization to take place during the third week of December. Even Wednesday, on the radio with Teresa Tomeo during our weekly EWTN program, “Catholic Connection,” I mentioned I was expecting the decree for Mother Teresa and was disappointed when it was not announced that day.
Well, now it is official! It is expected she will be canonized in 2016 on or near the date of her September 5, 1997 death: Deo gratias!
Pope Francis on Thursday authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa (nee Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu). Blessed Teresa, known around the world as Mother Teresa was born August 26, 1910 and died September 5, 1997. She was foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity and the Missionaries of Charity brothers.
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VATICAN INSIDER TALKS WITH PRINCE GHARIOS OF GHASSAN
Prince Gharios is the head of the house of Ghassan, and current descendant of the only Middle Eastern Christian dynasty, a dynasty that dates, in fact, to the early centuries of Christianity. The Ghassanids were Arab Christians who emigrated in the year 250 from Yemen to southern Syria. Many Christian families of Lebanon, Joran, Syria and Palestine trace their roots to the Ghassanid dynasty. (photo from http://www.royalhouseofghassan.org)
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