The Year of Mercy, and September, in particular, aligns perfectly with the canonization of Mother Teresa. "It is God alone who chooses and calls His saints out of the world to be sanctified or set apart as new creatures in Christ (1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 5:17)", Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries said on Monday.
Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, Teresa came to India in 1929 as a sister of the Loreto order.
Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity - the order founded by the Mother to minister to the poorest of the poor and the infirm - and Roman catholic priests lit candles and held an early morning mass before her tomb in the congregation's headquarters Mother House. Some people said, the Albanian-born nun lived in wonderful life, and some said she has the qualities to be a saint. "With great spontaneity, I think we will continue to call her Mother Teresa", he said.
"I can not understand all the fanfare and brouhaha about "Mother" Teresa".
For the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Canadian priest who spearheaded Teresa's saint-making campaign, the revelations were further confirmation of Mother Teresa's heroic saintliness.
After the ceremony, Pope Francis took to the streets to give pizza to homeless people who gathered at Vatican City to witness the mass.
John Paul II further paved the way for her beatification in 2002, when he approved a miracle attributed to Mother Teresa after her death.
The first miracle the Vatican attributed to Bojaxhiu was the healing of a cancerous tumor suffered by an Indian woman in 2003. "But when I prayed to Mother Teresa from my heart, Mother Teresa blessed me and now I am healthy", Besra told CNN last week.
Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910, Mother Teresa set up her Missionaries of Charity in the slums of Kolkata in 1950 and made her headquarters in the Indian city for almost half a century. She would also say that love begins at home.
Despite her work, Teresa was not without criticism. She established the Missionaries of Charity, which in turn opened hospice centers for the blind, the elderly and the disabled.