Pope declares Mother Teresa a Saint
POPE Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday (September 4), 19 years after her death.
Thousands of pilgrims in St Peter’s Square applauded as the diminutive nun known as the “Saint of the Gutters” in her lifetime was officially elevated to join the Church’s more than 10,000 saints.
Francis’ predecessor Pope John Paul II bent Vatican rules to fast-track Mother Teresa to sainthood two years after she died in 1997.
The process usually does not start until at least five years after the candidate’s death.
Pilgrims streamed into St Peter’s Square at the Vatican from the early morning ahead of a service to honour the Nobel peace laureate, who worked among the world’s neediest in the slums of the Indian city now known as Kolkata.
Her legacy complements Pope Francis’ vision of a humble church that strives to serve the poor, and the festivities are a highlight of his Holy Year of Mercy, which runs until November 8.
Featured image by REUTERS.
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