With loud rounds of applause, prayers and special mass, hundreds of faithful including a large number of foreigners, on Sunday celebrated the canonisation of Mother Teresa.
At Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, three large screens were put up where hundreds of
nuns and Teresa followers gathered to watch the ceremony broadcast live. Another screen was also put up outside the quarters for general public.
Since morning the House was kept open for public as visitors came throughout the day to pay their respects to the
late Roman Catholic nun at her tomb.
When she was declared Saint by Pope Francis in Vatican, nuns and visitors erupted in joy with a loud round of applause and cheering for the ‘Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’.
In the morning there was special mass at 6 am to celebrate the day. Nuns decorated the House with a large portrait of Teresa hanging from the wall above the screen. One wall decoration read, “Saint Teresa of Calcutta Pray for Us”.
Sanjay Sarka, a local high school student, said it was a special day for the city. She said, “Mother Teresa belonged to Kolkata and she has been declared a saint. I am so proud to be from Kolkata.”
Pope Francis has declared Mother Teresa a saint, honoring the tiny nun who cared for the world’s most destitute as an icon for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls.
Applause erupted in St. Peter’s Square even before Francis finished pronouncing the rite of canonization at the start of the Mass in St. Peter’s Square. For Francis, Mother Teresa put into action his ideal of the church as a merciful “field hospital” for the poorest of the poor, those suffering both material and spiritual poverty.
Hundreds of Missionaries of Charity sisters in their trademark blue-trimmed saris had front-row seats at the Mass alongside 1,500 homeless people and 13 heads of state or government, including Queen Sofia of Spain.
(With inputs from AP)