Mother Teresa Declared a Saint by the Vatican

Mother Teresa Declared a Saint

Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who devoted her life to helping the poor in India, has been declared a saint in a canonization Mass held by Pope Francis in the Vatican yesterday.

Pope Francis said St Teresa had defended the unborn, sick and abandoned, and had shamed world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created".

Tens of thousands of pilgrims attended the canonization mass in St Peter's Square yesterday. In India, a special Mass was celebrated at the Missionaries of Charity, the order St. Teresa founded in Calcutta, India.

St. Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. By 2012 the congregation consisted of over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries. The Missionaries of Charity run homes for people dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counselling programs; orphanages; and schools.

Known as the “Saint of the gutters”, St. Teresa was credited by the Church with having performed two miraculous cures of the sick through her intercession after her death in September 5, 1997.

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