The canonization Mass on Sept. 4 will begin at 10am, followed by the Angelus at noon. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected, probably exceeding the 300,000 who attended Blessed Teresa’s beatification in 2003. Many bishops from both India and Albania, where Mother Teresa was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in 1910, are also expected to attend, as well as state leaders.
As usual after a canonization, a Mass of thanksgiving will be held. For the newly canonized St. Teresa, a Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, in St. Peter’s Square, beginning at 10am. In the afternoon, her relics will again be venerated, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran from 4pm to 6:30pm, and then again from 7am until 6:30pm on Sept. 6.
“Holiness is not the luxury of the few,” Mother Teresa once said. “It is a simple duty for each one of us.” She also called on priests to “make Jesus present and alive in the Eucharist,” or the world “cannot live, and neither we nor our families can grow into holiness.”