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Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Pope Francis holds lunch for homeless to celebrate canonisation of Mother Teresa

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 September 2016, 17:31 IST

Mother Teresa was officially declared a Catholic saint on 4 September.

Pope Francis led a packed canonisation ceremony at Vatican City, where the nun from Yugoslavia was proclaimed a saint a whole 19 years after her death.

"For the honour of the Blessed Trinity, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Kolkata to be a Saint and we enroll her among the Saints," Pope Francis said.

In order to celebrate the canonisation, Pope Francis invited around 1,500 homeless people for a pizza lunch.

Pope Francis kissing St. Teresa's prayer card after canonisation ceremony. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal along with AAP leaders at the Vatican City to attend canonisation ceremony. Communion happening during canonisation. Official estimates put crowd at 120,000.
Pope Francis has invited some 1,500 homeless people for a pizza lunch to celebrate Mother Teresa's canonization as a saint. (ANI)

Watch a portion of Pope Francis' speech here:

Pope declaring Mother Teresa as a saint.

A 12-member central delegation led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two state government-level delegations from Delhi and West Bengal, led by Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee are in Rome to attend the ceremony. A group of around 40-50 nuns from different parts of the country, led by Missionaries of Charity Superior General Sister Mary Prema, also attended the function.

People were also seen waving the Indian national flag at the ceremony. Many took to social media to express their joy at the sight.

In India, crowds thronged Mother Teresa's tomb to pay homage to the saint.

First published: 4 September 2016, 17:31 IST
 
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