Pope Francis declares Mother Teresa a 'Saint' at the Vatican ceremony
Vatican City/Kolkata: In the presence of thousands of pilgrims at St. Peter's Square here, Pope Francis on Sunday declared Mother Teresa the Saint of the Catholic Church.
“We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint,” the Pope said.
“For the honour of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, 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,” the Pope added.
Delighted nuns shed tears of joy on Mother Teresa's sainthood:
- The Mother House in Kolkata, which is the global headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, observed cheerful environment with hundreds of admirers were gripped in the festivity.
- Outside the house, where mother lived for 44 years and died on September 5, 1997, was a heavy rush of people who flocked to offer flowers at her tomb.
- The entrance of the house was beautifully decorated with blue and white blossoms, the colours that Saint Teresa chose for the sarees sported by the nuns.
- A life size flex of smiling Mother Teresa was waived on the roof and beneath it were the hundreds of her admirers who watched the complete ceremony in big screens placed inside the house.
- Celebrations were marked with claps, hugs and even tears soon after Pope announced Mother Teresa as the 'Saint'.
- The honour came a day before the nun's 19th death anniversary, and only nine days after her 107th birthday.