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Mother Teresa, a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary was proclaimed a Saint by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican.
She was canonised at the ceremony held in St Peter’s Square in Vatican. Indian delegation was represented by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
With this, Mother Teresa became the fourth Indian to be canonised as Saint. Others are Father Kuriakose Elias Chavara, Sister Alphonsa and Sister Euphrasia.
The list also includes Saint Gonsalo Garcia of Portuguese parentage who was born in India and is considered an India born saint.
About Mother Teresa
- Mother Teresa was born as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on 26 August 1910 in Skopje (Now in Macedonia) then part of the Kosovo Vilayet in the Ottoman Empire.
- She was the founder of Kolkata based Missionaries of Charity that helps poor on the streets of Kolkata.
- Through the charity organisation, she had spent around 45-years serving the poor, sick, orphaned and dying on the streets of Kolkata.
- She had died at the age of 87 in 1997 in Kolkata.
- Awards and Honours: Padma Shri (1962), Ramon Magsaysay Award (1962), Nobel Peace Prize (1979), Bharat Ratna (1980) etc.