Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa into sainthood, and she is now Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Canonization was done after a mass held at the St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City on September 4, a day before her 19th death anniversary. This significant event was attended by thousands of Catholics and pilgrims from around the world estimated at around 120,000.
Pope Francis said in his homily during the canonization how a little nun who died in 1997 shamed world leaders for the crimes of poverty they themselves created.
"Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer," he added. "Let us pray so that the friends of Mother Teresa may carry out a revolution of tenderness started by Jesus Christ with his love for the poor and the little ones," he posted on Instagram.
For the Pope, Mother Teresa is a merciful “field hospital” for the poorest of the poor, those suffering both material and spiritual poverty, an ideal for the church.
The life and works of Saint Teresa
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. She left her home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto in India at the age of 18. She took her initial vows as a nun on May 24, 1931. On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa started her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity" to give wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor. They run homes for people dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, mobile clinics, orphanages, and schools.
Mother Teresa's work has been recognized and acclaimed throughout the world. She has received a number of awards such as the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971) and the Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972). She also received the Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards and the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.
But above all these recognition, Saint Teresa will forever be remembered by the Catholic world or by any person who had been inspired by her unconditional love for the poor. Saint Teresa is the 29th saint canonized by Pope Francis. On April 27, 2014, he also canonized Pope John Paul II. #SaintTeresa #PopeFrancis #Religion