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|1. Pope Francis declares Mother Teresa a saint
|Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the “saint of the gutters” who spent years working among India’s most destitute, was formally canonized as a saint of the Catholic Church on Sunday in a ceremony led by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. “For Mother Teresa, mercy was the salt which gave flavor to her work, it was the light which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering,” Francis said, describing the new saint as a “dispenser of divine mercy” who held the powerful accountable “for the crimes of poverty they created.” The service was attended by an estimated 120,000 people and included a pizza lunch for 1,500 homeless people in Mother Teresa’s name.
Source: The New York Times, Reuters
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