The Mass of Canonisation for Blessed Mother Teresa will be broadcast on RTÉ One Television on Sunday 4 September from 9.10am. Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of Canonisation on the eve of the 19th anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa. Father Thomas McCarthy will provide the RTÉ commentary and translation for the Mass. RTÉ coverage of the Mass from Saint Peter’s, Rome, will run until 11.30am.
Born in 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia, to Albanian parents, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu joined the Loreto Order and lived in Ireland until she was sent to India in 1929. There, she worked with the poorest of the poor, a vocation that led her to found her own order, the Missionaries of Charity, in 1950, in Calcutta (now Kolkata). By 2012, that congregation numbered 4,500 sisters, working among the destitute and outcast in 133 countries. She was regarded by many as a saint within her lifetime and Pope (now Saint) John Paul II waived the usual 5-year waiting protocol to begin the process of her canonisation. She was beatified in 2003.