Celebration of Mother Teresa's canonization

Mother Teresa declared Saint by Pope Francis

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa of Kolkata.

Pope Francis named the Albanian nun a saint in front of tens of thousands in the Vatican Sunday morning.

Monday marks 19 years since the death of Mother Teresa.

Crowds gathered Sunday evening for a procession outside of San Fernando Cathedral, entering the Doors of Mercy. Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy which began December 2015, and will continue through November 20, 2016.

All are invited to practice works of mercy throughout the year; September's mercy focus is to clothe the naked.

The Year of Mercy, and September, in particular, aligns perfectly with the canonization of Mother Teresa. She dedicated her life to helping the poorest of the poor and show love to the dying.

The church credits Saint Teresa, known as the "saint of the gutters," with having performed two miracles. One was the healing of a Brazilian man suffering from brain tumors, and the other was the healing of a woman's stomach tumors after praying to Mother Teresa.

Her work and compassion for the poor helped earn Mother Teresa the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

"We came here to come celebrate with father and everyone that's out here. She was a very dedicated lady. She dedicated her life helping the poor. It's something good to do. It's about time she became a saint!" said Antonio Martinez, who celebrated the monumental occasion with his family at San Fernando Cathedral.

Saint Teresa's canonization happened quickly, too. Only Pope John Paul II was named a saint within a shorter span of time, just nine years after his death.

Pope Francis said Sunday morning that people may struggle to refer to the Albanian nun as "Saint Teresa". He said, "With great spontaneity, I think we will continue to call her Mother Teresa."

(© 2016 KENS)


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