I received from two Catholic friends this SMS this morning:
"MOTHER TERESA IS GOING TO BE DECLARED A SAINT WITHIN 3 HOURS IN ROME YOUR 3 PETITIONS WILL BE GRANTED IN HER NAME IF YOU PRAY NOW SEND THIS MASSAGE TO AT LEAST 5 PERSON PLEASE PAUSE FOR A MOMENT AND MAKE YOUR PETITIONS THERESA KHAW "
I believed this SMS is originated from a non-Catholic preyed on the all goodie-goodie, Rosary ever-ready, knee-to-the-floor Catholics. This is also a re-cycled SMS appeared years before.
There were SMSs giving false information on Pope John Paul II before his death. People called me up to ask: I received SMS that Pope John Paul has died, what should I do? In actual fact, the ill Pope was resting comfortably at his residence.
Ignorance is the main factor for falling easy prey to this type of false information. To avoid being fooled by the many false news and information through hand phone and email, it is wise to spend a Ringgit a week to get a copy of Catholic publications such as Herald, Hai Sing Pao... to update oneself with the latest news and happenings in the local and universal church.
Do not be too excited with some sensational messages. Check first. If you spread false news, then you are a rumour monger.
Moreover, it contains elements of superstition contrary to our Catholic teachings. And it becomes a chain-letter type of message.
By the way, I received the SMS at 10:00 am. In 3 hours time, it will be 1:00 pm local and 6:00 am in Rome.
Telecommunication companies are the one who have their wishes granted.
**This is the latest news from Blessed Mother Teresa's canonization from the official website:
A Servant of God who is beatified is called “Blessed.” The Blessed may be canonized after the occurrence of one more miracle attributed to his or her intercession.
In Mother Teresa’s cause, we are waiting for a second miracle required for the canonization.
我相信这是一则源自非天主教徒开始的，对象是那些虔诚 、念珠不离手 、膝盖跪地的好好天主教徒们。这也是多年前出现过的旧讯息。