History will be made at the Vatican this weekend, as Pope Francis will make Mother Teresa a saint.
She gained worldwide fame for her unconditional love for the poor in India. Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, said Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, was put on the fast track to sainthood by Pope John Paul II.
She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhu in 1910, in what is now known as Macedonia. She went on to found the India-based Missionaries of Charity order, which has since opened 130 houses worldwide. She earned many awards as a result of her work, including a Nobel Peace Prize.
"She was someone who thought about those who were least recognized among us — she frankly saw them as Jesus in the guise of the injured, the poor, the forgotten," said Laumeyer. "She never thought anyone was expendable. She spoke out for society's outcasts. She's a constant reminder that there's a bigger purpose to our lives than just the stuff around us."
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