Mother Teresa, revered for her work with the poor in India, has been proclaimed a saint today 04/09/2016, by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican. Francis said St Teresa had defended the unborn, sick and abandoned, and had shamed world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created". Tens of thousands of pilgrims attended the canonisation in St Peter's Square.
Two miraculous cures of the sick after Mother Teresa's death in 1997 have been attributed to her intercession. Pope Francis delivered the formula for the canonization of the Albanian-born nun -- known as the "saint of the gutters" -- before huge crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on Sunday morning.
Applause broke out before he completed the formula of canonization, in which he declared "Blessed Teresa of Kolkata to be a saint." Mother Teresa declared a saint 01:04. Speaking in Latin, Francis said that "after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Kolkata to be a saint, and we enrol her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole church."
|Pope Francis leading the canonisation ceremony|
Catholics -- including hundreds of blue- and white-robed nuns from Missionaries of Charity sisterhood founded by Mother Teresa -- had gathered from around the world to attend the canonization of the church's newest saint, just 19 years after her death. A huge portrait of Mother Teresa, whom the church credits with having performed two miraculous cures of the sick, hung from St. Peter's Basilica during the colorful ceremony.
Pope Francis then delivered a homily, in which he praised Mother Teresa -- "this emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life" -- for her charitable work.
|Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity|