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Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Pope Francis conducts the canonisation mass at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Sep 4 2016 2:50PM | Updated Date: Sep 4 2016 2:50PM

Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Thousands celebrate as Pope Francis pronounces Mother Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Pope offers a prayer to the almighty before people starts reciting Litany of the Saints.


"For the honour of the Blessed Trinity... 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," the pontiff said in Latin.


The process to find a new saint usually begins in the diocese where he or she lived or died; in Mother Teresa’s case, Kolkata. Now she would be formally known as St Teresa of Calcutta.


Around 2 pm in Sunday afternoon, mass prayer begins at the Vatican City. People also gather at Mother Teresa's House in Kolkata for a special mass for the "Saint of the Gutters".


Singing nuns and followers visited Mother Teresa's tomb in Kolkata. Special prayers are being held at the Missionaries of Charity headquarters in Kolkata.


“After the prayers, another event by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will be held in the lane of Mother House, followed by a thanksgiving at Mother House after the canonisation,” spokesperson for the Missionaries of Charity Sunita Kumar said.


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also reached Rome on an official invitation from the Missionaries of Charity to participate in the event.


Congress President Sonia Gandhi today hailed the canonisation. She said, "her saintly life will forever inspire humanity to commit to the cause of those who have no voice, no community, no home, no care and no love.”