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Published: Tue, September 06, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Louisans rejoice in Mother Teresa becoming a saint


Pope Francis made things official in front of 120,000 people in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, canonizing the incredible woman as Saint Teresa of Kolkata, as she will now be known.

Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed Mother Teresa a saint, hailing her work with the destitute of Kolkata as a beacon for mankind and a testimony to God's compassion for the poor.

Her canonization is significant not only because it took place during the Jubilee of Mercy, but also because it fell during a special September 2-4 jubilee celebration for workers and volunteers of mercy, of whom Mother Teresa is widely considered one of the greatest of our time.

As if to emphasise the point, Francis repeated the line "the crimes of poverty they themselves created".

Hundreds of Missionaries of Charity Sisters attended the event, along with several heads of state or government.

Mother Teresa is known for her work in the slums of Kolkata; she won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

The model of holiness, as referred to by Pope Francis, dedicated her life to serving the poor - she's praised for two miracles of curing the ill.

"She had that lovely saying, 'God doesn't want us to be flawless, he only wants us to be faithful.' And she was faithful even in times of trial", Dolan said.

At that time, the church Mother Teresa visited was named St. Joseph's Church, and was later renamed Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. "Can you imagine living your life and never asking more than just another breath to help somebody?"

"I think it's hard as a woman and as a mother", Jaworowski said.

Those fears prompted a 3,000-strong law enforcement presence to secure the area around the Vatican and close the airspace above.

The 25-year-old pop star delivered an incredible rendition of Christmas carol 'What Child Is This?' on stage at St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday night (03.09.16) to mark Pope Francis declaring the late Roman Catholic nun and missionary a saint.

Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, Teresa came to India in 1929 as a sister of the Loreto order.

"Mother Teresa gave up her privileged position and all her possessions to live as one of the world's poor and forgotten and to bring them the light of Christ and the love of God", Gomez wrote. She arrived in India in 1929 as a sister of the Loreto order, and in 1946 she received what she described as a "call within a call". "Mother Teresa belonged to Kolkata, and she has been declared a saint". Critics of the Nobel Peace Prize victor says her charity isn't financially accountable and lacks medically trained personnel.

In 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, which would go on to become an worldwide network of nuns, priests and laymen dedicated to serving the "poorest of the poor".

The ceremony came on the eve of the 19th anniversary of Teresas death in Kolkata, where she spent almost four decades working in wretched slums. Shortly after her death, Pope John Paul recognized her for sainthood.

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