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Mother Teresa declared a saint by Pope Francis


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Catholic Herald UK
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Date:
9/4/2016

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ABSTRACTMother Teresa declared a saint by Pope Francis – CatholicHerald.co.uk Menu Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Latest News Mother Teresa declared a saint by Pope Francis by Associated Press posted Sunday, 4 Sep 2016 A photo of Mother Teresa is held up before the start of the canonisation (AP) Applause erupted in St Peter's Square as Mother Teresa was canonised on Sunday Pope Francis has declared Mother Teresa a saint, honouring the nun who cared for the world’s most destitute as an icon for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor and wounded souls. Applause erupted in St Peter’s Square even before Francis finished pronouncing the rite of canonisation at the start of the Mass in St Peter’s Square. In  his homily , Pope Francis praised Mother Teresa as the merciful saint who defended the lives of the unborn, sick and abandoned — and who shamed world leaders for the “crimes of poverty they themselves created.” Pope Francis held Mother Teresa up as a model for today’s Christians during his homily for the nun who cared for the “poorest of the poor.” Speaking from the steps of St Peter’s Basilica, Francis said the saint spent her life “bowing down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity.” He added: “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.” A tapestry showing Mother Teresa hangs from the facade of St Peter’s Basilica (AP) As if to emphasise the point, Francis repeated the “the crimes of poverty they themselves created.” In an unscripted remark, the Pope said that for some it would be be difficult to refer to her as “St Teresa” and that she will still be referred to as “Mother Teresa” by many people. “We’ll keep on calling her Mother,” he said. Tens of thousands of pilgrims filled the square for the canonisation of Mother Teresa. Some 100,000 tickets were issued for the Mass and the crowd included nuns, priests, volunteers, pilgrims and tourists. Hundreds of Missionaries of Charity Sisters in their trademark blue-trimmed saris had front-row seats at the Mass, while one group of 40 Indian nationals travelled from Macerata, Italy, to honour a woman given India’s highest civilian and humanitarian awards for her work in the slums of Calcutta. Another group of 100 drove from Kosovo holding up a banner that read: “Mother Teresa: Pray for Us.” In addition, 13 heads of state and government led official delegations while 1,500 homeless people invited by Pope Francis had VIP seats and were going to be treated by the Pope to a Neapolitan pizza lunch in the Vatican auditorium afterwards. While Pope Francis is clearly keen to hold Mother Teresa up as a model for her joyful dedication to society’s outcasts, he is also recognising holiness in a nun who lived most of her adult life in spiritual agony sensing that God had abandoned her. According to correspondence that came to light after she died in 1997, Mother Teresa experienced what the Church calls a “dark night of the soul” — a period of spiritual doubt, despair and loneliness that many of the great mystics experienced. In Mother Teresa’s case, it lasted for nearly 50 years. For Fr Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Canadian priest who spearheaded Mother Teresa’s saint-making campaign, the revelations were further confirmation of Mother Teresa’s heroic saintliness. He said that by canonising her, Francis has recognised that Mother Teresa not only shared the material poverty of the poor but the spiritual poverty of those who feel “unloved, unwanted, uncared for.” “What she described as the greatest poverty.......