Pope Francis Declared Mother Teresa As Saint Teresa Of Calcutta
Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997) founder of the Missionaries of Charity which now has over 5,000 members, has been declared as Saint Teresa Of Calcutta by Pope Francis in Vatican city today. 19 years after her death she was formally canonized by Pope Francis today, ie) on the eve of her 19th anniversary of her death. This holy function took place in front of St Peter’s Basilica, which was attended by the more than 100,000 people and was also witnessed by 15 heads of state, including many religious and political leaders from India.
“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,” Pope Francis said in Latin.
Several leaders from India, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, attended the ceremony to pay their tribute to the great Indian saint.
The ceremony at St Peter’s Square began at 2 pm IST. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003. Mother Teresa was canonised and termed as Saint Teresa Of Calcutta because the Vatican has recognised that Mother Teresa had performed two miracle cures. The Vatican has recognised that Mother Teresa has cured the stomach cancer of an Indian woman and also has cured a Brazilian man , who suffered from several brain tumours.
Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity (a Roman Catholic religious organisation established in 1950 by Mother Teresa) carried the relics of Mother Teresa. It was a wooden cross with the words ‘I thirst’ embossed on it. Mother Teresa who is an Nobel laureate for working tirelessly among the poorest of the poor in the slums of India has now became a giant in the Catholic Church.