From comments and email, it’s clear that many Mandela Effect readers recall Mother Teresa (also remembered as Mother Theresa) being declared a saint prior to 2016.
- Some recall her being named a saint in the 1990s.
- Some are sure she was given sainthood while alive.
- Some specifically reference Pope John Paul II as the pope who approved the canonization.
It’s important to note some landmark recognitions during Mother Teresa’s life and in the years since her death.
- In 1962, she was given the Philippines-based Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding.
- In 1969, she was featured in the film, Something Beautiful for God.
- In 1971, Paul VI awarded her the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize.
- In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- In 1980, she received India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
- After her 1997 death, Pope John Paul II waived the usual five-year wait and began the beatification process.
- In 2002, the Vatican recognized the first of two required miracles leading to Mother Teresa’s canonization.
- In 2003, she was officially beatified.
- In 2015, the Vatican recognized the second of the two required miracles.
- According to the Vatican, her canonization will take place September 4th, 2016.
If you recall a reality in which she was named a saint (canonized) earlier than 2016, I hope you’ll share those memories in comments,* below. I’m particularly interested in the context of your memories. That is, where you were, which spelling (Teresa or Theresa) you recall, whether you read about her sainthood in a book, heard about it in class, learned about it from a news report or online, and so on.
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