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Mother Teresa proclaimed a saint

Mother Teresa proclaimed a saint


Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint in a canonisation mass held at the St. Peter’s Square in Vatican on Sunday, where thousands of Catholic pilgrims from across the world attended.

Known as the “Saint of Gutters” mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Due to her unending work and compassion for the poor, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Mother Teresa died in 1997 at the age of 87 and she was beatified in 2003, which marked the first step to sainthood.

Pope Francis declared the way for sainthood in 2015, when he recognised a second miracle attributed to her.

Born in 1910 as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, to ethnic Albanian parents, Mother Teresa grew up in the now Macedonian capital, Skopje.

She set up her Missionaries of Charity in the slums of Kolkata in 1950 and made her headquarters in the Indian city for almost 50 years. The sisterhood now has 4,500 nuns worldwide.

Her legacy has not been without criticism. Critics say that her charity lacks financial accountability,while she was accused of pushing a hardline Catholicism and interacting with dictators.