Pope Francis declares Mother Teresa a saint in Vatican ceremony – Los Angeles Times

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, telling crowds in St Peter’s Square that the Albanian-born nun’s decades of toil in the slums of Calcutta made her a “model of holiness.”

“She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity,” the pope said at the canonization ceremony for the nun, who died in 1997, aged 87, and was put on an unusually swift track toward sainthood just six years later.

Amid the crowd of 120,000 in the square for the ceremony were 13 heads of state, including Queen Sofia of Spain, hundreds of Missionaries of Charity sisters in their trademark blue-trimmed saris and 1,500 homeless people brought to St. Peter’s for the event and treated to a pizza lunch at the Vatican afterward.

In his homily, Francis focused on Mother Teresa’s efforts to help those living on the edge of society, a theme the pope has made central to his papacy.


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