Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the “saint of the gutters” during her lifetime, was officially declared a saint by Pope Francis at a canonisation ceremony at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. Over 100,000 pilgrims were expected to attend the service, along with official delegations from 15 countries, to honour the late nun who worked in the slums of Kolkata.
The Church defines as saints those believed to have led such holy lives they are now in Heaven and can intercede with God to perform miracles – two of which are needed to confer sainthood. Mother Teresa is credited with healing an Indian woman from stomach cancer in 1998 and a Brazilian man from a brain infection in 2008.
The process of her canonisation began in 2003, initiated by Pope John Paul ll, and culminated in sainthood at the ceremony today.