She is Saint Teresa from now on

  • Pope Francis honours the messsiah’s memory

Vatican City: Saint Teresa now had always been a mother and would remain so, said Pope Francis who formally canonised her on Sunday at Vatican City. The Nobel laureate and messiah of the poor in Kolkata was described as personification of maternal love.  The founder of missionaries of charity who brought dignity to the thousands of people on the pavements of Calcutta was bestowed with distinction within 19 years of her demise. She was honoured in the mid-morning ceremony in front of St Peter’s Basilica where about one lakh people witnessed the ceremony.

Pope John Paul II who used to meet the Mother often had put her name on the fast track after only two years of her death. It is usually done after five years. Pope Francis completed the process at s huge mass which was followed by a declaration in Latin saying among other things, ‘ we declare and define blessed Teresa of Calcutta (nor Kolkata) to be a Saint and we enroll her among the Saints.’

A huge delegation that came here from India includes the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Millions of Catholics across the hole revere Mother Teresa as a symbol of Compassion.

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