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Mother Teresa becomes a Saint, area Catholic nun shares memories of her

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Sister Karen Conover, BVM Sister Karen Conover, BVM
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Sunday marks a big day for those in the Catholic Church.

The Pope will declare Mother Teresa, one of the most well-known religious figures, a Saint.  Ahead of the canonization, thousands gathered at the Vatican for a prayer vigil.

Here in Dubuque, Sister Karen Conover with the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary reflects about meeting her. "She was a tiny, tiny little woman. You had to struggle to hear what she said because of her thick accent and she talked very softly," she said.

They met on several occasions back in 1982 at a Blessed Virgin Mary convent in San Francisco. Mother Teresa spoke to the sisters about love and caring for those around them.

While the Pope says Mother Teresa deserves sainthood, some have criticized the way she helped those in need. "There has been criticism that sometimes her focus was too much, the band-aid approach...I think that she saw her call was to reach individual people in individual situations," added Sister Karen.

Ultimately, Sister Karen says this is a good thing for religious women. "We're just glad, especially that religious women through Mother Teresa are being acknowledged for their efforts in the world."

Once Mother Teresa in canonized, she'll be officially be known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

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