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Gib presence when Mother Teresa is made a saint in Rome

Mother Teresa and Monsignor Paul Bear

A group of 30 people led by Monsignor Paul Bear are in Rome to be present at the Canonization Mass of Mother Teresa tomorrow (See page 8 and 9). This will take place during the Sunday Mass which will be celebrated as part of the Jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy. The Vatican ceremony is expected to draw tens of thousands to honour the tiny, stooped nun who was fast-tracked for sainthood just a year after she died in 1997.

Monsignor Bear, who knew Mother Teresa personally, works with the order she founded The Missionaries of Charity all over the world. He first met her in Calcutta before he was ordained a priest where she spent decades caring for the sick and homeless, there is still a school and orphanage which was founded by her in the area in 1949.

Monsignor Bear said Mother Teresa was loved because of what she did for the poor.

“This is what the world acknowledges, even though the world does not know why she did it.”

“I always knew she was a saint, having worked closely with her, but it is a good thing that the Church is now recognising her and her work. I feel this will help establish the values she upheld and how she lived and what she did for others in today’s world. She was an apostle of charity,” he said.

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