News from Vatican: Mother Teresa declared saint by Pope Francis at Vatican - BBC

17:13 Sep. 4, 2016

Mother Teresa declared saint by Pope Francis at Vatican - BBC

An Indian Christian woman looks at a board displaying a commemorative postage stamp of Mother Teresa during its release function in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 (AP Photo)

Mother Teresa, revered for her work with the poor in India, has been proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican

Francis said St Teresa had defended the unborn, sick and abandoned, having 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.

In India, a special Mass was celebrated at the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in Kolkata (Calcutta).

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

Pope Francis responded: "We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint and we enrol her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church." Full story 


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