Local Catholics react to Mother Teresa’s canonization

LEAWOOD, Kan. -- A Catholic nun known all over the world for her work with the poor is about to become the Catholic church's newest saint.

On Sunday Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa lived her life for the poor and the needy---gaining world-wide attention for her work with the missionaries of charity, eventually winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

For a local priest and nun, her life touched them---briefly for one , years to come for the other.

Father Tobin and Mother Teresa

Father Tobin and Mother Teresa

For 30 years, father Patrick Tobin, founder of Harvesters’ Food Bank, traveled to Mother Teresa's sisters and became their confessor. Father Tobin, who recently died, always carried a picture of Mother Teresa with him.

The little sister swathed in her blue and white sari was known to many around the world, and on Sunday at the Vatican huge crowds are expected to attend her canonization.

To become a saint, Vatican officials confirmed that two people were healed of tumors---two miracles after praying to Mother Teresa.

She died in 1997 at the age of 87, but for one local sister, a chance meeting years ago touched her so much even before she realized who Mother Teresa was.

“I feel it was a gift of grace and especially now when she is being canonized,” Sister Bangert said. “I just recall that grace, and it gives me joy and gratitude for her life and the life of so many who have given their lives in the care of the poor.”

Sister Bangert says Mother Teresa stayed at her convent because her flight was delayed Sister Bangert had no idea who she was but felt something very special and asked Mother Teresa if she could hug her