Atlantans honor Mother Teresa's elevation to sainthood

Basilica remembers mother Teresa's visit

ATLANTA -- Twenty-one years before Mother Teresa was elevated to sainthood, she came to downtown Atlanta to spread her message.

Sunday, more than 5,000 miles away from St. Peter's Square, hundreds of people packed the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The same spot where Mother Teresa visited in 1995.

"When she came this place was a madhouse. The church was full, the galleries were full, there were thousands of people on the streets outside," said Monsignor Stephen Churchwell, who was pastor at Sacred Heart back in 1995 when Mother Teresa visited.

Her visit came for the dedication of the Gift of Grace House, An HIV/AIDS hospice for indigent women. Sunday, two nuns from the Atlanta Gift of Grace House were on hand.

She was born in 1910 to Albanian parents. As a young woman, she felt called to minister to the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta.

"When we see a saint we see that limits can be exceeded. We see that there are ways that we can love God better and serve God better," Churchwell said.

To become a saint, the Vatican looks for evidence of two miracles. In Mother Teresa's case, an Indian woman with a stomach tumor and a Brazilian man with a brain infection both say they were healed after prayers to the nun.

(© 2016 WXIA)


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