When Mother Teresa becomes “St. Teresa of Calcutta” on Sept. 4, it’s expected to be the largest public event of Pope Francis’ jubilee Year of Mercy. Her beatification in 2003 drew an estimated 300,000 people to St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding area, and organizers anticipate that turnout to be surpassed this time around.
Mother Teresa was questionably one of the most iconic Catholic figures of the second half of the 20th century - in terms of the most talked-about personalities, the most celebrated, most photographed, biggest crowd magnets, most magazine covers and awards, highest approval ratings, and so on - there are probably three who tower above all the rest.
- Pope John XXIII
- Pope John Paul II
- Mother Teresa
If anyone was a role model of a successful Catholic leader, it was Mother Teresa. As the Church’s newest saint, she’ll continue to set an example for all of us in a whole new way. (Soon to be) St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!