On Sunday, September 4, the Pontiff declared Mother Teresa a saint-as he praised the Albanian nun for succoring society’s most undesirable people and for shamming the world’s authorities for the “crimes of poverty they themselves created.” Thousands gathered for the canonization ceremony while the Pope declared Mother Teresa a saint who would now be called Saint Teresa of Kolkata.
She was someone who “taught us to contemplate and adore Jesus every day, and to recognize Him and serve Him as well as to recognize and serve our brothers in need,” Pope Francis addressing thousands in the Saint Peter’s Square.
Pope Francis speaking in Latin, said “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, and we enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole church.”
“Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded,” he said.
“She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity. She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created,” the Pontiff said.
At this occasion, Sister Anna Maria Mendez said, “It’s so beautiful, I was moved by Mother Teresa’s works, and moved by this ceremony. It’s so wonderful to see her honored in this way.” Hundreds of nuns hailing from Missionaries of Charity religious order Mother Teresa had founded in 1950 also witnessed the canonization. Mother Teresa set up her Missionaries of Charity in the slums of Kolkata, in 1950 and established her headquarters in the Indian city for nearly half a century.