Mother Teresa ‘likely to be canonised soon’

Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity order yesterday welcomed the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and hoped he would quickly canonise the late nun.

"We are grateful to God for the choice of the Holy Father Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope and we are confident he will guide the Church in the same line as Father John Paul II,” said Sister Nirmala, who took over the order after the death of Mother Teresa in 1997.

“The new Pope was known to Mother Teresa. He appreciated her and her deeds for humanity. He was present during her beatification. We believe the new Pope will canonise Mother Teresa and it will take place after one miracle which must happen,” she said.

The Church has already recognised one miracle of healing performed by Mother Teresa which led Pope John Paul II to

approve her for one of the fastest beatifications in Catholic history in October 2003, setting her on the track to sainthood. The Church requires two proven miracles for sainthood.

Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha in Macedonia in 1910, founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1949. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with the poor in the slums of the eastern Indian city of Calcutta.

Sister Nirmala said the new Pope was “strict as well as gentle. He is the correct choice.”

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