Mother Teresa was today declared a Saint by Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church in a canonization ceremony in Vatican City. A group of over 40-50 nuns from different parts of India were present at the event led by Missionaries of Charity Superior General Sister Mary Prema. A 12-member central delegation led by External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two state government-level delegations from Delhi and West Bengal, led by Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee receptively are also participating in the ceremony.
A Nobel peace prize winner, Mother Teresa was one of the most influential women in the Church’s 2,000-year history, acclaimed for her work amongst the world’s poorest of the poor in the slums of the Indian city now called Kolkata.
02.13 pm: Pope Francis declares Mother Teresa as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Below given picture is the relic of Mother Teresa – ‘I Thirst’. | PHOTOS: Mother Teresa honoured as Saint and model of mercy by Pope Francis in Vatican City
02.07 pm: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indian delegation attend Mother Teresa’s canonisation ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican
02.05 pm: Mother Teresa’s canonisation ceremony underway at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City
01.40 pm: The canonization Mass will begin with hymns and proceed almost immediately to the rite of canonization: the declaration that Mother Teresa is now a saint. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, will read a brief biography of Mother Teresa and ask Pope Francis in the name of the church to canonize her.
Francis will then respond, “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.’
12.52 pm: Pope Francis is following in the footsteps of Mother Teresa by offering some 1,500 homeless people a pizza lunch at the Vatican after her canonization Mass.
12.49 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today hailed the canonisation of Mother Teresa saying it was a recognition of her service to the poorest of poor, the dying and destitute. Describing the life of Mother Teresa as “an epitome of grace, compassion and love”, Gandhi said that “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.”
12.40 pm: Mother Teresa canonization ceremony to commence shortly.
A symbol of service&compassion.Mother Teresa showed the world the extraordinary power of love.We celebrate 2day that enduring legacy of love
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 4, 2016
11.22 am: Canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa to be held shortly. Visuals from Vatican City Square:
10.45 am: Throughout the night, pilgrims prayed at vigils in area churches and flocked before dawn to the Vatican under heavy security to try to get a good spot for the Mass that was expected to draw more than 100,000 people.
“I think most of all we are thankful to her (Mother Teresa) for the message, for really changing our lives with her example, humility, being close to the poorest of the poor,” said Simone Massara as he prayed with his wife at a vigil at the Basilica of Sant’Andrea della Valle before the Mass.
10.25 am: Special prayers have been offered at Sacred Heart Church in Bengaluru, while, a statue of her was unveiled at Seashore St. Anthony’s Shrine in Chennai.
10.10 am: Pope Francis on Saturday denounced what he called the modern-day sin of indifference to hunger, exploitation and other suffering, while commending the example of Mother Teresa on the eve of a sainthood ceremony for the nun who cared for India’s destitute.
10.00 am: Ahead of the ceremony, Pope Francis tweeted, “Let us imitate Mother Teresa who made works of mercy the guide of her life and the path towards holiness.”
Let us imitate Mother Teresa who made works of mercy the guide of her life and the path towards holiness.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 3, 2016
08.05 am: Procession taken out in Allahabad celebrating Mother Teresa ‘s canonization.
Thousands attended a papal audience on Saturday in the Vatican, where a large canvas of the late nun in her blue-hemmed white robes hung from St. Peter’s basilica. “Her testimony makes us reflect and transform…and make a better world,” Brazilian priest Carlos Jose Nacimento said.
The canonisation will also be celebrated in Skopje, the capital of modern Macedonia where Mother Teresa was born of Albanian parents in 1910 and became a nun aged 16. In Kolkata, where the first MoC mission was set up in 1952, there will be prayers, talks and cultural events, but no major ceremony.
The debate over the nun’s legacy has continued after her death with researchers uncovering financial irregularities in the running of her Order and evidence mounting of patient neglect, insalubrious conditions and questionable conversions of the vulnerable in her missions. A picture of her as someone who was just as comfortable flying around in a private plane as clutching the hand of a dying patient has also emerged to counterbalance her saintly image.