Just 19 years after her death, Mother Teresa joined the ranks of other Catholic saints on Sunday. The process normally takes decades or even centuries.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to witness the Canonization of Mother Teresa.
“We declare and define blessed Teresa of Kolkata to be a saint and we enroll her among the saints,” said Pope Francis.
Known as the “Saint of the Gutters” the Roman Catholic Nun devoted her life to helping the poor.
In honor of the new saint’s life long mission, organizers bussed in 1,500 homeless people.
They were given seats of honor at the Mass and served pizza after the ceremony.
Some say the church expedited her sainthood because of her fame and reputation. Critics of the Nobel Peace Prize winner say her charity isn’t financially accountable and lacks medically trained personnel.
Others have questioned the two Vatican-approved miracles needed to fulfill the church’s requirements for Canonization; including the alleged healing of an Indian woman’s tumor.
Monica Besra, cured by Mother Teresa, said “I saw a spark of light emerge from mother’s photo and reflect on my tumour.”
A critic of Mother Teresa said, “Even in India hardly anyone believes the miracles to be genuine, the doctors made statements to the effect there was no miracle.”
By declaring her a saint the Vatican has ensured Mother Teresa will be remembered for generations to come.