In the presence of thousands of followers, late Mother Teresa was canonised sainthood by Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican city on Sunday.
On the eve of her 19th death anniversary, Mother Teresa has been declared a saint as she is believed to have cured many people.
Born in 1910 to Albanian parents, Agnese Gonxha Bojaxhiu dedicated her life to the destitute as she joined the Irish order of Loreto at the age of 19. In 1929, she was sent to India to teach in a school in Darjeeling. In 1946, she moved to Kolkata to help the destitute and poor.
For India’s ‘Mother of Miracle’, the sainthood path was quite difficult as the Roman Catholic Church had rejected Monica Besra claims that her stomach was cured by Mother Teresa. In 2008, a Brazilian man, Marcilio Haddad Andrino claimed to have experienced a miracle which led to his eventual cure of his Brain tumour. Andrino’s miracle was recognised by Pope Francis as the second miracle attributed to Mother after Monica Besra.
After the ceremony, 250 sisters and 50 male members of the Missionaries of Charity, will serve giant pizza lunch to 1,500 under-privileged people from the city.
Thousands of people were present at the ceremony along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her 12-member delegation. Nobel prize winner, Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997.