A nun holds a photo of Mother Teresa before the start of the canonisation Mass in St Peter's Square (AP)

A nun holds a photo of Mother Teresa before the start of the canonisation Mass in St Peter’s Square (AP)

Tens of thousands of pilgrims have flocked into St Peter’s square to hear Pope Francis proclaim Mother Teresa a saint.

The nun, revered for her work with the poor of Kolkata, will be elevated to Catholicism’s celestial pantheon at a canonisation mass presided over by Francis.

In a gesture of compassion, the Pope has arranged for a pizza lunch to be served to 1500 needy people after the Mass. They come from shelters run by Mother Teresa’s order all over Italy – Rome, Milan, Bologna, Naples and Florence. Pizza Napoletana will be cooked by pizza makers from Naples and served in the Paul VI Hall, a large space near St Peter’s Basilica. The pizzas will be served up by 250 nuns and 50 priests.

Around 100,000 faithful have been issued tickets for the mass, although the Vatican could easily have issued double that number but for space and security restrictions.

Helicopters buzzing over the 16th-century basilica testified to the huge security operation underway. Around 3,000 police were patrolling the Vatican and the streets of Rome, and extra anti-terrorism officers have been drafted in.

In a gesture of compassion, the Pope has arranged for a pizza lunch to be served to 1500 needy people after the Mass. They come from shelters run by Mother Teresa’s order all over Italy – Rome, Milan, Bologna, Naples and Florence.

Pizza Napoletana will be cooked by pizza makers from Naples and served in the Paul VI Hall, a large space near St Peter’s Basilica. The pizzas will be served up by 250 nuns and 50 priests.

Teresa died 19 years ago on Monday in the Indian city where she spent her adult life, first teaching, then tending to the dying poor.

It was in the latter role, at the head of her now worldwide order that Teresa became one of the most famous women on the planet.

Born to Kosovar Albanian parents in Skopje – then part of the Ottoman empire, now the capital of Macedonia – she won the 1979 Nobel peace prize and was revered around the world as a beacon for the Christian values of self-sacrifice and charity.

Source:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/04/watch-live-mother-teresa-canonised-by-pope-francis/