Catholic missionary Mother Teresa will be canonised as a saint by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday. The ceremony, which will take place at the holy St Peter’s square in Rome, will be attended by thousands, including Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. On Saturday, the pope hailed Mother Teresa as the “mercy of our times” for her work with the poor and suffering, saying her work has made “the love of Christ visible”. The pope added that she deserves sainthood and looks forward to pronouncing her “Saint Teresa of Calcutta”.
In Kolkata, where she carried out a large part of her charity work, supporters and followers have organised special screenings of the canonisation ceremony. At the Kolkata centre of the Missionaries of Charity, the organisation she led, three giant screens have been put up to watch the beatification, and special prayers and thanksgiving sessions will be held, The Indian Express reported.
Here is what Pope Francis said about the canonisation on Saturday: