Mother Teresa will be declared a saint of Calcutta by Pope Francis on 4th September 2016, Sunday (Today) at a canonisation ceremony which is going to be held in Vatican City. The ceremony falls on the day of her 19th death anniversary. After she will be declared Saint, she will be known as Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The canonization ceremony will begin at about 2 pm IST.
A 12-member committee led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two state government-level committee from Delhi and West Bengal, managed by Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee are present in Vatican City to attend the canonization ceremony.
Mother Teresa who is known as blessed Teresa of Calcutta died on September 5, 1997. On October 19, 2003, Pope John Paul II declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta as beautified.
Live updates of people around the world attending the ceremony
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said,
“It is a matter of great pride for India that Mother Teresa, Bharat Ratna, Nobel Peace Prize awardee and the founder of Missionaries of Charity, set up with a mission of serving the poorest of the poor, will be canonised and finally known to the world as Saint Teresa after the ceremony to be held in the Vatican on September 4”
Let us imitate Mother Teresa who made works of mercy the guide of her life and the path towards holiness.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 3, 2016
From India, around thirty-five priests are present at the canonization ceremony held in Rome. A total of 1,00,000 passes has been distributed among the citizens. At St Peter’s square, many Indian flags are floating above.
The process of declaring one the Saint
The process to get a new saint normally starts at the place where he or she lived or died; as in Mother Teresa’s case, she died in Kolkata. A postulator _ basically the project titled ‘cheerleader spearheading’ the project _ gathers data and documentation and shows the matter to the Vatican’s Gathering for the Causes of Saints. If the congregation’s experts find the petitioner lived a righteous life, the case is rerouted to Pope, who approves a declaration approving to the petitioner’s ‘heroic virtues.’
A symbol of service&compassion.Mother Teresa showed the world the extraordinary power of love.We celebrate 2day that enduring legacy of love
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) September 4, 2016
Security Check at Vatican City, Rome
With more than 100,000 citizens and people around the world expected to gather at St. Peter’s Square, comprising 13 heads of state or government. For this huge crowd and government, security is an apparent concern as ISIS has announced Rome as their next ultimate target.
For months, The police force has restricted the traffic to enter the main boulevard heading to the Vatican city. As for the security purpose of the crowd expected Sunday, Rome police have added an additional of 1,000 officers and many of them belong to the anti-terrorism teams.