Pope Francis Proclaims Teresa Of Calcutta A Saint

By Isla Binnie;

Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, 19 years after her death.

 

A general view of Saint Peter's Square as Pope Francis leads a mass for the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A general view of Saint Peter’s Square as Pope Francis leads a mass for the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

 

Crowds arrive to attend a mass celebrated by Pope Francis for the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Crowds arrive to attend a mass celebrated by Pope Francis for the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

 

Pope Francis leads a mass for the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis leads a mass for the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

 

Pope Francis receives a garland from a nun of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity during the audience for workers ad volunteers of Mercy at the Vatican, September 3, 2016.    Osservatore Romano/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
Pope Francis receives a garland from a nun of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity during the audience for workers ad volunteers of Mercy at the Vatican, September 3, 2016. Osservatore Romano/Handout via REUTERS 
A Swiss Guard stands in front of a tapestry depicting Mother Teresa of Calcutta before a mass celebrated by Pope Francis for her canonisation in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A Swiss Guard stands in front of a tapestry depicting Mother Teresa of Calcutta before a mass celebrated by Pope Francis for her canonisation in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

 

A Swiss Guard stands in front of a tapestry depicting Mother Teresa of Calcutta before a mass celebrated by Pope Francis for her canonisation in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
A Swiss Guard stands in front of a tapestry depicting Mother Teresa of Calcutta before a mass celebrated by Pope Francis for her canonisation in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Nobel peace prize winner Mother Teresa holds nine-month-old Christina Ott from Switzerland during a signing ceremony in Hong Kong January 16, 1985. REUTERS
Nobel peace prize winner Mother Teresa holds nine-month-old Christina Ott from Switzerland during a signing ceremony in Hong Kong January 16, 1985. REUTERS
A man walks past a religious souvenir shop displaying a picture of Mother Teresa ahead of her canonisation ceremony, in Kolkata, India September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
A man walks past a religious souvenir shop displaying a picture of Mother Teresa ahead of her canonisation ceremony, in Kolkata, India September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

 

 

Thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square applauded as the tiny nun known as the “saint of the gutters” in her lifetime was officially elevated to join the Church’s more than 10,000 saints.

Francis’s predecessor Pope John Paul II bent Vatican rules to fast-track Mother Teresa to sainthood – a process which usually does not start until five years after the candidate’s death – two years after she died in 1997.

(Editing by Mark Potter)

Source: http://www.reuters.com/

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