Earlier today in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, in front of approximately 120,000 visitors, Pope Francis officially canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata), making her the newest saint of the Catholic Church.
Throngs of pilgrims flooded the Vatican on Sept. 4 to celebrate the highly anticipated canonization of Mother Teresa, an event that Catholics and non-Catholics alike have looked forward to since the nun’s death in 1997.
Her canonization is significant not only because it took place during the Jubilee of Mercy, but also because it fell during a special Sept. 2-4 Jubilee celebration for workers and volunteers of mercy, of whom Mother Teresa is widely considered one of the greatest of our time.
Courtesy of the Vatican, here’s the full mass:
Click here for the full text of Pope Francis’ homily, but here’s a taste:
Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded. She was committed to defending life, ceaselessly proclaiming that “the unborn are the weakest, the smallest, the most vulnerable”. She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime – the crimes! – of poverty they created. For Mother Teresa, mercy was the “salt” which gave flavour to her work, it was the “light” which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering.
Her mission to the urban and existential peripheries remains for us today an eloquent witness to God’s closeness to the poorest of the poor. Today, I pass on this emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life to the whole world of volunteers: may she be your model of holiness! I think, perhaps, we may have some difficult in calling her “Saint Teresa”: her holiness is so near to us, so tender and so fruitful that we continual to spontaneously call her “Mother Teresa.”
And last, but not least, from Family Theater Productions’ archives, Saint Mother Teresa prays the rosary with our founder, Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton (if he becomes a saint, then we’ll have two praying together!). Actor Bob Newhart is host. Enjoy.
Images: Wikimedia Commons; CNA/EWTN