Mother Teresa el­e­vated to saint­hood

The Myanmar Times - - World -

MOTHER Teresa, the cel­e­brated nun whose work with the poor of Kolkata in In­dia made her an in­stantly recog­nis­able global fig­ure, was pro­claimed a saint yes­ter­day.

Pope Francis presided over a solemn canon­i­sa­tion mass with a gi­ant haloed por­trait of St Teresa smil­ing down from St Peter’s Basil­ica.

The saint­hood cer­e­mony came one day short of the 19th an­niver­sary of St Teresa’s death, at 87, in the In­dian city where she spent her adult life, first teach­ing, then tend­ing to the dy­ing poor.

It was in the lat­ter role, at the head of her own still-ac­tive or­der, the Mis­sion­ar­ies of Char­ity, that St Teresa be­came one of the most fa­mous women on the planet.

Born to Koso­var Al­ba­nian par­ents in Skopje – then part of the Ot­toman em­pire, now the cap­i­tal of Mace­do­nia – she won the 1979 No­bel Peace Prize and was revered around the world as a bea­con for the Chris­tian val­ues of self­sac­ri­fice and char­ity.

She was si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­garded with scorn by sec­u­lar crit­ics who ac­cused her of be­ing more con­cerned with evan­ge­lism than with im­prov­ing the lot of the poor.

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 and ques­tion­able con­ver­sions of the vul­ner­a­ble in her mis­sions. –

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