‘Now a saint, always a mother,’ Pope Francis hails Mother Teresa

Pope Francis (L) waves to faithful as he leaves after a Holy Mass and the canonisation of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, on Saint Peter square in the Vatican, on September 4, 2016. Mother Teresa, the nun whose work with the dying and destitute of Kolkata made her a global icon of Christian charity, was made a saint on September 4, 2016. Her elevation to Roman Catholicism's celestial pantheon came in a canonisation mass in St Peter's square in the Vatican that was presided over by Pope Francis in the presence of 100,000 pilgrims. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Pope Francis announced Mother Teresa a saint, praising her as the epitome of motherly love and a determined advocate for the down rotten.

“We may feel uneasy to term her ‘Saint’ Teresa,” the Pope said. “Her holiness is present near to all of us, so loving and so prolific that we carry on terming her Mother.”

He added, “She was vociferous and made sure it reaches the ultimate power of the universe, in order to make them accountable for the crime – the crimes! – of destitution they made.”

The crowd of 100,000 pilgrims gathered at the canonization mass spontaneously commented. 13 heads of state and 100’s of sari wearing nuns from Teresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity also marked their presence at the occasion.

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