Pope Francis officially named Mother Teresa a saint Sunday morning.
Pope Francis gave the formula for canonization in front of a huge crowd of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, reports CNN. Two miracle cures have been posthumously attributed to Mother Teresa, the famed Catholic nun who helped the poor in India.
Cardinal Angelo Amato gave a brief biography of the work Mother Teresa performed and then asked Pope Francis to perform the canonization.
“We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint and we enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church,” Pope Francis said.
The Pope also pointed out Mother Teresa’s work in trying to make countries aware of their “crimes of poverty.”
“She made her voice heard before the powers of the world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crimes of poverty they themselves created,” he declared in a homily.
“The crimes of poverty they themselves created,” he repeated again.
Approximately 1500 homeless people from Italy attended the ceremony; they were bused in and given seats of honor. Later, nuns served them a pizza lunch.
Mother Teresa is known for her work in the slums of Kolkata; she won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work.
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