From the Gutters to the Vatican
Before a massive crowd Sunday, Pope Francis officially canonized Mother Teresa as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Citing her lifelong devotion to the poor, as well as two miraculous cures attributed to her, the Pope bestowed one of the Catholic religion’s highest honors upon Mother Teresa just nineteen years after her death. Born in Albania, she spent much of her life in India helping the poor and the sick both there and around the world. The nineteen years between her death and canonization is remarkably short, and was set in motion by Pope John Paul II in 1999. Thousands of poor and homeless Italians were bused in to the Vatican to be guests of honor for the ceremony, and afterwards were served a pizza dinner by many of the nuns in attendance, some of whom came from the same Sisterhood as Mother Teresa herself.
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