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Former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi and wife attend canonization of Mother Theresa of Calcultta

Peter Obi, a Former Anambra state governor, and his wife, Margaret, yesterday September 4th attended the canonization of Mother Theresa of Calcutta at the Vatican.

Mother Theresa of Calcutta was canonized by Pope Francis 1st at St.Peter's  Basillica , Rome.

Mother Teresa who is admired for her work with the poor in India, has been declared a saint by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican.

cheers rang out from the crowd of thousands in St Peter's Square as the Pope declared Mother Teresa a saint,

Francis said that  St Teresa had protected the unborn, sick and abandoned, and had shamed world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created".

Tens of thousands of pilgrims attended the canonisation in St Peter's Square.

In India, the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in Kolkata (Calcutta) celebrated a special mass.

After Mother Teresa's work brief biography  was read by a Cardinal the Pope was asked to canonise her in the name of the Church.

Pope Francis replied: "We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint and we enrol her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church."

The Pope revealed that Mother Teresa had spent her life "bowing down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity".

He added: "She made her voice heard before the powers of the world, so that they might recognise their guilt for the crimes of poverty they themselves created." He then repeated: "The crimes of poverty they themselves created."

The atmosphere among the pilgrims in St Peter's Square was one of joy, and the service was a celebration of the life of an extraordinary woman notwithstanding the penetrating heat.

Pope Francis in his homily of St Teresa's work, said she had shone a light in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering.

It was quite clear that Mother Teresa’s life mirrored the kind of Church that Pope Francis is trying to build: A church that shows mercy to all and offers practical help for the poorest and for all those in need.

In attendance at the event were Hundreds of Missionaries of Charity sisters along with 13 heads of state or government.

Also in attendance were some 1,500 homeless people gathered from across Italy who were brought to Rome in buses to be given seats of honour at the celebration and then a pizza lunch served by two hundred and fifty nuns and priests of the Sisters of Charity order.

One pilgrim, Charlotte Samba from Gabon, revealed that : "Her heart, she gave it to the world. Mercy, forgiveness,  good works. It is the heart of a mother for the poor."

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

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