More than 100,000 pilgrims attend the beatification of Mother Teresa in St. Paul’s Square, as the tiny Albanian nun who gained fame for her work with the poor in India’s slums is declared a saint by Pope Francis. Ashraf Fahim reports.
(NVO) – Declared a saint before the multitudes.
Just 19 years after her death, Mother Teresa was canonized by Pope Francis at the Vatican.
“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. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The tiny nun worked with the world’s neediest in the the Indian city now called Kolkata… and was one of the most recognizable faces of the 20th century.
Her work with the poor, famine victims earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
Aldo Campione was one of the more than 120,000 pilgrims who packed into St. Peter’s Square.
VENEZUELAN PILGRIM, ALDO CAMPIONE,
“I think they had to make her a saint. She was a woman who gave a lot to people and the entire world. She was an example to all. She deserved this.”
But Mother Teresa had her critics too.
They said she did little to alleviate the pain of the terminally ill and nothing to tackle the root causes of poverty.
At the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, the nunnery Mother Teresa founded in 1950, the nuns watched the ceremony live on TV, and celebrated as their founder became Saint Teresa, joining the canon of over 10,000 Catholic Saints.