‘Get cracking’ on being kind
Aucklanders were among the first in the world to celebrate the canonisation of Mother Teresa on September 4.
A mass was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in honour of the missionary nun, who entered the ranks of Catholic Church saints on September 4 in Vatican City.
Catholics believe the saints live in paradise after death and can make miracles happen by summoning God’s intervention when prayers are addressed to them. There are thousands of them, but no precise count exists.
The 11am mass was several hours ahead of the ceremony presided over by Pope Francis. More than 1000 churchgoers, along with five members of Mother Teresa’s order, the Sisters of Charity, packed the cathedral for the occasion.
Bishop Patrick Dunn led the service, saying it was particularly special since Mother Teresa had visited New Zealand during her travels. ’’Today we honour Mother Teresa, Calcutta, who ... in about 12 hours time, will be lifted among the saints of God,’’ the Bishop said in his address to the congregation. ’’Her message to us is that ... the world can be changed through small acts of kindness, all we need to do it is get cracking and do them.’’
Mother Teresa’s canonisation fell on the eve of her feast day, September 5, which marks the 19th anniversary of her death at the age of 87.
A mass was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in honour of Mother Teresa, who entered the ranks of Catholic Church saints on September 4 in Vatican City.