- Mother Teresa has achieved sainthood and was canonized today in the Vatican
- Pope Francis presided the canonization mass in St. Peter's Square in front of 100,000 pilgrims
- The canonization took place a day before Mother Teresa's 19th death anniversary
Mother Teresa has been canonized today, a day before her death's 19th anniversary, in a mass presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Before 100,000 pilgrims who witnessed the canonization, Pope Francis declared in Latin: "For the honor 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."
Mother Teresa was a nun who worked with the dying and the destitute of Kolkata in India where she spent 4 decades of her life.
Netizens have expressed different reactions regarding Mother Teresa's canonization. Some netizens favored the decision while others were not pleased.
One Facebook user who was not in favor of the canonization cited a Bible verse and explained his side: “Patay na siya di ka na kaya nun ipagdasal ikaw na lang mag dasal mas maririnig ka ng Diyos kasi buhay ka kumpara sa patay na di na niya alam nangyayari sa mundo.
For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.”
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Another netizen defended the decision and wrote: “Mother Teresa was a great woman. To her critics I'll just point out the irony of criticising Mother Teresa and yet idealise Hitchens who supported the Iraq war and openly defended and encouraged its carpet bombing campaign and chemical warfare on civilians. Second her homes for the dying were hospices not hospitals so their sole purpose were to give people a place to die who otherwise would've died on the street... Excluding her homes for the dying she set up over 400 other homes including: homeless shelters, soup kitchens, orphanages and many more.”
The Vatican is required to approve accounts of two miracles that occurred resulting to prayers in order to achieve sainthood.
Two testimonies of Mother Teresa's miracles have been approved by the Vatican, one in 2002 and another in 2015.