LIVE: It’s Saint Teresa, declares Pope Francis at Vatican ceremony

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. Describing the life of Mother Teresa as “an epitome of grace, compassion and love”, Gandhi said that “her saintly life will forever inspire humanity to commit to the cause of those who have no voice, no community, no home, no care and no love.”
12:05pm: Pope Francis is following in the footsteps of Mother Teresa by offering some 1,500 homeless people a pizza lunch at the Vatican after her canonisation Mass. The homeless, most of who live in shelters run by Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity order, came to Rome overnight on buses from across Italy to take part in Sunday’s Mass. They’re getting seats of honour for the celebration and will then be served lunch in the lobby of the Vatican auditorium.
11:45am: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Mother Teresa’s canonisation10:30am: Throughout the night, pilgrims prayed at vigils in area churches and flocked before dawn to the Vatican under heavy security to try to get a good spot for the Mass that was expected to draw more than 100,000 people.
10:15am: At the Mother House in Kolkata , a special mass will be organised and the nuns will celebrate the occasion with the poorest of the poor.10:00am: Mother Teresa died in 1997 and the late Pope John Paul, who met her often, bent Vatican rules to grant a dispensation allowing the procedure to establish her case for sainthood to be launched two years after her death instead of the usual five.