Mother Teresa now a saint

Mother Teresa has been officially made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis led the service at St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on the weekend.  Tens of thousands of pilgrims packed into the square to watch.

The canonisation went ahead 19 years after Mother Teresa of Calcutta died.


During her life, the much-admired Nobel peace prize laureate made a name for herself working with the poor in the slums in India.

During the service Pope Francis said in Latin “For the honour of the Blessed Trinity … we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Kolkata to be a saint and we enrol her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church”.

The pontiff also said that even though the nun had been declared a saint, she would always be Mother Teresa to the Catholic family.

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