SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Many called Mother Teresa a living saint.
On September 4, she will officially become one in the Catholic church.
Pope Francis made the announcement Tuesday.
In Utah, the news was met with jubilation.
“It now elevates a person in terms of their greatness,” said Monsignor Joseph Mayor, pastor of St. John The Baptist Catholic church. “It doesn’t mean they were perfect ever, but a saint is someone we emulate.”
Like the mission work at St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in Salt Lake City.
“These people aren’t necessarily dying at this moment but because of their condition, their situation, they don’t have access to many things you and I would have each day,” said Dennis Kelsch, the director of Basic Needs Services. “I think she would be very happy with what goes on here.”
Those helping to feed the poor at the center say Mother Teresa is deserving of sainthood.
“I think it’s wonderful,” said Lauren Mullen a volunteer and member of St. Francis Catholic Church. “She was a remarkable woman who was selfless, gave without thinking about it.”
Mother Teresa once said judging others leaves no time to love them. Her life’s mission was devoted to helping India’s poor and offering those near death, dignity.
“She had the very beautiful spiritual gift to wanting to identify with those who were downtrodden, for those who didn’t have no one to pray for them,” said Monsignor Mayor.
Even among Utah’s homeless, Mother Teresa was well known.
“I think she was one of the most beautiful women in existence,” said Joseph who is homeless. “And she thrived throughout her life to be an example by her actions.”
Mother Teresa died Sept 5th, 1997. On the eve commemorating the anniversary of her death, Pope Francis will canonize her.