Crowds cheer as late nun is canonised
Pope Francis has declared Mother Teresa a saint, honouring the nun who cared for the world’s most destitute and holding her up as a model for the Catholic Church.
Applause erupted in St Peter’s Square yesterday even before Francis finished pronouncing the rite of canonisation at the start of Mass, evidence of the admiration Mother Teresa enjoyed from Christians and non-Christians alike.
Hundreds of Missionaries of Charity sisters in their trademark blue-trimmed saris had front-row seats at the Mass, sitting under a searing hot sun and blue skies alongside 1,500 homeless people and 13 heads of state or government, including Queen Sofia of Spain.
While big, the crowds were not as large as the 300,000 who turned out for Mother Teresa’s 2003 beatification, thanks in part to security fears in the wake of extremist attacks in Europe. Those fears prompted a huge, 3,000-strong law enforcement presence to secure the area around the Vatican and close the airspace above.
In keeping with Mother Teresa’s spirit, Francis treated 1,500 homeless people bussed into Rome for the Mass to a pizza lunch in the Vatican auditorium afterward.
Mother Teresa came to India in 1929 founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, which went onto become a global order to care for the “poorest of the poor”.
She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and died in 1997.
IDOL: A tribute of Mother Teresa