Nuns of the Missionary of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa of Kolkata, carry the mother's relics during her canonization, in Saint Peter square at the Vatican, on Sept. 4, 2016. / AFP / VINCENZO PINTO
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Pope Francis Sunday proclaimed Mother Teresa a saint, hailing her work with the destitute of Kolkata as a beacon for mankind and testimony of God's compassion for the poor.The revered nun's elevation to Roman Catholicism's celestial pantheon came in a canonization mass in St. Peter's square presided over by Pope Francis in the presence of 100,000 pilgrims. Francis said that even though the nun had been declared a saint, she would always be Mother Teresa to the Catholic family.The ceremony came a day before the 19th anniversary of Teresa's death in Kolkata, the Indian city where Teresa spent nearly four decades working in wretched slums.Among the crowd were some 1,500 people who are helped by the Italian branches of Teresa's order, the Missionaries of Charity.After the mass they were to be Francis's guests at the Vatican for a giant pizza lunch served by 250 sisters and 50 male members of the order. By historical standards, Teresa has been fast-tracked to sainthood.
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