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Ray Flynn: Pure-Hearted Mother Teresa Is the World's Saint

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By    |   Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 12:43 PM

Pope Francis will proclaim Mother Teresa a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday — a fitting tribute that will be cherished by "Catholics, non-Catholics, believers and non-believers" around the world, Ray Flynn, former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, tells Newsmax TV.

"Anybody who believes in the disabled, loves the poor and believe in the sanctity and dignity of life, Mother Teresa is your saint," Flynn told J.D. Hayworth on "Newsmax Prime."

"She really is the saint for all when you think about it. She's the saint for the poor, she's the saint for the special needs. She's the saint for the handicapped. That's not about religion. That's about a good, pure heart."

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Flynn, who also served as mayor of Boston from 1984 to 1993, is jetting to Rome this week to observe the highly-anticipated ceremony for the Nobel Prize-winning nun, who died in 1997 at age 87.

"I met her way back in 1982 over the Harvard University commencement … I could see that she was a very special person. Her message was pro-life, pro-poor and pro-disabled," Flynn recalled.

"Now name me a politician who receives the Nobel Prize on national acclaim and wins popularity with that kind of a message? She was a very simple, humble, not charismatic, but with a special vision of hope.

"She came to Boston many times and built housing with me when I was mayor … and I can honestly tell you I have never met a person more humble, more simple, but more radiant, in all my life than Mother Teresa. It was incredible."

Flynn told Hayworth that Teresa's "pure heart" was always present whenever he met with her.

"It's going to be a thrill to be with Mother Teresa, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, this Sunday in Rome in proclaiming her a saint. I think it's amazing for Catholics, for non-Catholics, for believers, non-believers," he said.

"Where she came from, it wasn't the most Christian, most Catholic area of the world. She left Yugoslavia. She went to India. She worked in the slums, the saint of the slums. She worked among many non-Catholics. She had a relationship with people who weren't even religious. They flocked to her."

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as "saint of the gutters," was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu of Albanian parents in 1910 in what was then part of the Ottoman Empire and is now Macedonia.

She founded the Missionaries of Charity in the 1950s to help the poor on the streets of Calcutta, now known as Kolkata. A religious "celebrity," she grew her religious order around the world and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

The Catholic Church defines saints as those who have been holy enough during their lives to now be in Heaven and can help perform miracles. St. Ulrich of Augsburg was the first saint to be formally canonized by Pope John XV in 993. There are believed to be more than 10,000 saints.

In his capacity as ambassador to the Holy See from 1993 to 1997, Flynn represented the United States in its relationship with the universal government of the Catholic Church in Vatican City. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton.

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