Vatican City: Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis today declared Mother Teresa of Kolkata a Saint of the Catholic Church in front of thousands of pilgrims at St. Peter’s Square.
“We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint,” the Catholic News Agency quoted the Pope as telling the thousands including many Indians who stood holding the Indian flag.
The Pope said “For the honour of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, 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.”
Tens of thousands of people flocked to Vatican City’s St Peter’s Square on Sunday to watch Pope Francis declare Mother Teresa a saint.
International online web portal reported, Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass and Canonisation on Sunday on the eve of Mother Teresa’s 19th death anniversary. She died on September 5, 1997.
Many pilgrims arrived at the Vatican before dawn on Sunday to get a good spot for the Mass.
Some 1,500 homeless people across Italy were also brought to Rome in buses to be given seats of honour at the celebration – and then a pizza lunch served by 250 nuns and priests of the Sisters of Charity order.
In 2002, the Vatican ruled that an Indian woman’s stomach tumour had been miraculously cured after prayers to Mother Teresa.
Pope Francis cleared the way for sainthood last year when he recognised a second miracle attributed to her.
She died in 1997 – aged 87 – and was beatified in 2003, the first step to sainthood.
She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. The sisterhood now has 4,500 nuns worldwide.