The popular Catholic nun, Mother Teresa who spent almost her entire life helping the poor in India, has been made a saint in a canonization mass held by Pope Francis in the Vatican.
Pope Francis declared ‘Blessed Teresa of Kolkata to be a saint’, before huge crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday morning.
He made the declaration for the Albanian-born nun’s canonisation as the crowd gathered cheered.
‘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 enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole church.’
Thousands of Catholics had gathered from around the world to attend the canonization of the church’s newest saint, who died 19 years ago.
A picture of Mother Teresa is credited with curing two sick people and that image hung from St Peter’s Basilica during the canonisation ceremony.