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Mother Teresa, a woman famous for her selfless service throughout her lifetime, has been officially canonized as Saint Teresa by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church. What usually takes several years if not decades for official sainthood canonization, took only 3 years with the help and urging of the late Pope John Paul II. Her tireless work with the poor and underprivileged gave her many names in addition to “mother”. Some of those include “a tireless worker of mercy” and “an icon of the Good Samaritan”

There are few that can contest Mother Teresa’s lifetime of selfless charity to be anything but extraordinary and noteworthy. However, there are still some critics of her work, mainly from pro-choice organizations. The Catholic Church is extremely pro-life, and Mother Teresa constantly advocated against abortion and birth control, sparking contention within those pro-choice parties. While the topics of abortion and birth control are worth of discussion, I believe they should be debated out of the religious sphere, where personal religious faith has the potential to be weakened by political motives. Because of her fame, Mother Teresa was constantly surrounded by high-ranking officials, giving her the opportunity to have political influence. Her reputation, as well as her own personal ideals would never permit her to take advantage of her status. It may be beneficial to ask ourselves if the people that we put in power have that same sort of moral compass as Mother Teresa? Or do we even want them to? That moral compass is necessary in life, but what about politics? Despite the political agenda behind the article, it is hard to disagree that Mother Teresa’s intentions were pure, led by faith and charity rather than political motives.

For more information about the ceremony, as well as links to additional information about the life of Mother Teresa, click here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/world/europe/mother-teresa-named-saint-by-pope-francis.html?action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&module=RelatedCoverage&region=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article

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