Mother Teresa declared a saint by Pope

Mother Teresa is well known the world over as the nun who worked with the dying and destitute of Kolkata.

Mother Teresa is well known the world over as the nun who worked with the dying and destitute of Kolkata. It’s what made her an icon of Christian charity, and last night she was proclaimed a saint.

In front of more than 100,000 pilgrims — including heads of state and many sari-clad nuns from her order, the Missionaries of Charity — who had gathered in St Peter’s square at the Vatican, Pope Francis presided over a canonisation mass elevating her to Roman Catholicism’s celestial pantheon.

“We may have some difficulty in calling her ‘Saint Teresa’. Her holiness is so near to us, so tender and so fruitful that we continue to spontaneously call her Mother,” the pontiff said.

“She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognise their guilt for the crime — the crimes — of poverty they created,” he added.

The ceremony came almost 19 years after Teresa’s death in Kolkata, the Indian city where she spent almost 40 years tending to the poorest of the poor.

Candles and flowers were laid on Teresa’s tomb at the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity.

Mother Teresa’s ascension was celebrated in Australia also, with hundreds gathering at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral.

She is highly regarded for ‘leaving a footprint’ in Australia having founded 14 missions from Perth to outback New South Wales and Sydney’s Surrey Hills, as well as spending time with remote indigenous communities.

“Mother Teresa loved to say, ‘perhaps I don’t speak their language but I can smile’. Let us carry her smile in our hearts,” Pope Francis said.

What are your thoughts on Mother Teresa becoming a saint? Share your comments with us.

  1. It’s great that Mother Teresa is acknowledged for her wonderful works, but miracles ….. Give me a break!

    • Kate  

      I agree where are her 3 miracles which is a must to be proclaimed as a saint. What a joke the Catholic Church has made if this sainthood

  2. Elaine Omdahl  

    I believe in miracles, in fact I have seen a few, I also think Mother Teresa was an awesome woman of God, she was very humble and never sought fame, if she was still here I think she would be the first to say `I can do nothing in my own strength but it is the grace of God that heals, restores…I am just a vessel for Him to flow through…it was her faith and close relationship with her Heavenly Father that guided her everyday…she was not a miracle worker herself but she depended wholly and solely on God….

    • Joan Marshall  

      Very true Elaine of your opinion of Mother Teresa. My Aunt who was a NUN of the Good Shepherd Order and was Principal of two schools did a lot of charity like Mother Teresa. Aunty Mary was the most humble person I have ever met. Every time I looked in to her eyes I saw the eyes of a Saint.

  3. Irene  

    I think we just need to acknowledge the goodness that was achieved daily by someone. That she devoted her life to helping others should be celebrated. That she gave hope to so many who felt life for them was without hope and that she loved unconditionally those she met is cause for celebration. Her loss to this world is felt as greatly today as it has been since she died.

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