Mother Teresa honored as saint and model of mercy

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – The elevation to sainthood of Mother Teresa is following her lead in caring for the poor.

Some 1,500 homeless people will be served a pizza lunch at the Vatican after her canonization Mass today. 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.

Thousands of pilgrims fill St. Peter’s Square for the canonization of Mother Teresa, the tiny nun who cared for the world’s most unwanted and became the icon of a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to tend to lost, wounded souls.

Pope Francis is declaring Mother Teresa a saint at a morning Mass, making her the model of his Jubilee Year of Mercy and in some ways his entire papacy. For Francis, Mother Teresa put into action his ideal for the church to be a merciful “field hospital” for the poorest of the poor, those suffering both material and spiritual poverty.

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