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Pope Francis officially declared Mother Teresa a saint before a crowded St. Peter’s Square Sunday morning, 19 years after her death, the National Public Radio reported.
The Associated Press Raw video of the beatification ceremony on September 4, 2016 in Vatican and people explaining why Mother Teresa was important to them.
Applause broke out from the tens of thousands in attendance even before Pope Francis finished the canonization at the start of Mass.
CNN story about Mother Teresa recorded in Calcutta
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the “saint of the gutters,” while she lived, will be canonized as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims will gather in Rome for the canonization of the nun who helped the poor in India. Pope Francis will lead a service at the St. Peter’s Square in Vatican to honor Mather Teresa. Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity order have been criticized both during her life and since her death in 1997, but many Catholics revere her as a model of compassion. “Her testimony makes us say and transform…and make a better world,” Brazilian priest Carlos Jose Nacimento said. The canonization will also be celebrated in Skopje, the capital of modern Macedonia where Mother Teresa was born of Albanian parents in 1910 and became a nun aged 16, Reuters published.