KOLKATA: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a Nobel peace laureate known as the "saint of the…
Neha Mahajan, New Delhi: More than a hundred thousand people thronged Sunday’s canonisation ceremony for Mother Teresa at the Vatican
City, marking the culmination of a process described as long, complex, opaque and often contentious.
The service to declare the Nobel Peace prize winner a saint is being led by Pope Francis in front of St Peter’s basilica. A 12-member delegation led by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and two other teams from Delhi and West Bengal led by chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee are at the event.
A group of around 50 nuns and some 45 bishops from across India joined the ceremony.2:55pm: Hundreds of people inside the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata clapped with joy as Mother Teresa was declared a saint by Pope Francis. They congregated around Mother’s tomb, which was decorated with a single lighted candle, flowers and a photo of the tiny saint. A caption on the tomb read “Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Pray for Us.”
2:30pm: In Kolkata, nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity, watch a live telecast of the canonisation of Mother Teresa.2:14pm: Pope Francis declares Mother Teresa a saint. “For the honour of the Blessed Trinity… we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata) to be a Saint and we enroll her among the Saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church,” the pontiff said in Latin.2:10pm: The canonisation Mass began with hymns and proceeded almost immediately to the rite of canonisation.
2:05pm: Queen Sofia of Spain attends the canonisation ceremony by Pope Francis for Mother Teresa, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.12:25pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi hailed the canonisation of Mother Teresa saying it was a recognition of her service to the poorest of poor, the dying and destitute.