We’ve known for a while that this was coming, but it’s so sweet to see it actually happen!
Mother Teresa has been officially named a saint thanks to an unbelievable life of working with the poor in India — and this comes just 19 years after her death!
Pope Francis made things official in front of 120,000 people in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, canonizing the amazing woman as Saint Teresa of Kolkata, as she will now be known.
Speaking in Latin, the pope said:
“She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity. She made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created. May she be your model of holiness.”
Apparently Queen Sofia of Spain was even a part of the crowd, which included hundreds of nuns from the sisterhood Teresa had started — and 1,500 homeless people that were treated to lunch at the Vatican afterwards!
While the canonization process usually doesn’t begin until five years after a person’s death, Pope John Paul II waived that rule for Mother Teresa at the time — and her 19-year canonization process happened unusually quickly.
It all stems from the fact that in her lifetime, Saint Teresa performed two incredible miracles, saving a Brazilian man and an Indian woman from serious illness through divine intervention.
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