Mother Teresa has been proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in a canonization mass held in the Vatican on Sunday, September 4.
Held at high esteem for her devotion to charity, Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who will forever be remembered around the world.
She dedicated her life to helping India’s poorest of the poor. Pope Francis said St Teresa had defended the unborn, sick and abandoned.
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In fact, two apparent cures of sick people after Mother Teresa’s death in 1997 have been attributed to her intercession. Indeed she lived for the sake of others and helped the needy and the sick without any expectations.
Thus, to show reverence to this deeply pious woman, the Catholic Pope bestowed on her a “saint of the gutters.” Pope Francis delivered the formula for the canonization before huge crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday morning.
Speaking in Latin, Pope Francis made the declaration;
“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.”
The declaration of Mother Teresa as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint” was met by an applause from the happy crowd.
The declaration was then followed by a homily delivered by Pope Francis, in which he praised Mother Teresa.
Pope Francis described Mother Teresa as a generous dispenser of divine mercy, who made herself available for everyone. In addition to helping the needy, she also shamed world leaders for the poverty they created.
“She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity. She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.”
The Pope urged volunteers around the world to look up to Mother Teresa as their model of holiness.