Mother Teresa Declared A Saint By Pope Francis

Mother Teresa has been declared a saint in a canonization mass on Sunday by Pope Francis.

She devoted her life to helping the poorest of the poor in the slums of India.

The missionary described as ‘the saint of the gutters’ won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Mother Teresa

She was born to an ethnic Albanian family in Skopje, Macedonia’s capital which was part of the Ottoman Empire in 1910. Her birth name is Agnese Gonxha Bojaxhiu.

She moved to India after the Second World War as a missionary and established the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, now Kolkata.

She worked with the poor and sick in the city slums until her death in 1997. She died at the age of 87.

Her critics have accused her of pushing ‘hard-line Catholicism’ and mixing with dictators accepting funds from them for her charity.

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She is however renowned worldwide most especially by the Catholic Church. The Church is convinced of her sanctity and has sped up the process to see her anointed Saint.

It usually takes decades to reach sainthood but her beatification process – the first step to sainthood – was rushed through by Pope John Paul II.

Pope Francis cleared the way for her sainthood by attributing two miraculous cures of the sick to her intercession.

Mother Teresa’s canonization is the centerpiece of the Catholic Church’s Holy Year of Mercy, which runs to November 2016.

Mother Teresa

The ceremony which will hold at St Peter’s Square is expected to have about 100,000 people in attendance.

The Vatican has described Mother Teresa’s life as “a metaphor for selfless devotion and holiness”.

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Cardinal Angelo Amato read a brief biography of Mother Teresa’s work, then asked the Pope to canonize her in the name of the Church.

Pope Francis responded

“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 Calcutta to be a saint and we enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church”

A special mass was also be celebrated in India at the Missionaries of Charity order in which she founded.