Vatican,September 05: Mother Teresa who is known all over the world for her love and compassion with the poor in India, has been proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims attended the canonisation in St Peter’s Square.Pope Francis led the canonisation ceremony.
Many states all over India had a special Mass at the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in Kolkata (Calcutta).
Pope Francis quoted : “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.”
The Pope said Mother Teresa had spent her life “bowing down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity”.
He added: “She made her voice heard before the powers of the world, so that they might recognise their guilt for the crimes of poverty they themselves created.” He then repeated: “The crimes of poverty they themselves created.
Teresa was born an ethnic Albanian, and the Albanian flag was much in evidence, as was the distinctive white habit, trimmed with blue stripes, worn by the nuns of her order, the Missionaries of Charity.
Mother Teresa was born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje(modern Republic of Macedonia) was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She died in 1997 and was beatified in 2003, the first step to sainthood.
In 2002, the Vatican ruled that an Indian woman’s stomach tumour had been miraculously cured after prayers to Mother Teresa, despite the doubts of her husband.
Pope Francis cleared the way for sainthood last year when he recognised a second miracle attributed to her.