Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 56, No. 7 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT TEACHERS READY FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR: Speaker Mike Patin encourages the diocese’s nearly 250 Catholic school teachers and principals to reconnect with their commitment to Catholic education. See story on page 5 . Pope to canonize Blessed Mother Teresa By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — If there is one person who immersed herself in the “peripheries” that Pope Francis is drawn to, it was Blessed Teresa of Kolkata. If there was one who showed cour-age and creativity in bringing God’s mercy to the world, like Pope Francis urges, it was the diminutive founder of the Missionaries of Charity. For many people, the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy will reach its culmination when Pope Francis can-onizes Mother Teresa Sept. 4, recogniz-ing the holiness of charity, mercy and courage found in a package just 5-feet tall. Ken Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, worked closely with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in his previous positions at the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services. He was at her funeral in 1997, her beat-ification in 2003 and will attend the Mass where she will be declared a saint. “Where Mother pushed the Mission-aries of Charity was to the edge, to the most difficult places,” said the ambas-sador, who noted he visited her houses “all the time, everywhere.” “They were always way out there, both geographically and with the people who absolutely fell through the cracks,” he said. Mother Teresa opened homes in Ethiopia during the communist military dictatorship, in the most destitute neighborhoods of Haiti’s capital, in Rwanda after the genocide, and in Yemen, where four Missionaries of Charity were murdered in March. “When there was war, when there was fighting, there they were,” Hackett said. “They stayed.” Mother Teresa demonstrated that living a life committed to mercy took “selflessness and courage,” he said. Her courage also was demonstrated in her ability to “speak truth to power,” he said. Mother Teresa regularly visited the United States, speaking to Catholic groups, opening homes and meeting with presidents, including Ronald Rea-gan, George Bush and Bill Clinton. “She was straight out against abor-tion,” the ambassador said. “From con-ception to death — she was the whole thing and didn’t pull any punches.” Like Pope Francis, he said, Mother Teresa drew energy from personal, one-on-one contact with people and consciously chose to live as simply as the poor she befriended and tended. In life and after her death, Mother Teresa faced criticism for not using her fame and contacts to advocate more directly for social and political change Continued on page 4 BLUE MASS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m. St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe Information: 724-805-2536 eric.kocian@ stvincent.edu INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 3 Year of Mercy: Forgiveness is a sign of courage, not weakness. PAGES 7-14 Living Well: Responsible care for ourselves and the Earth is focus of supplement.