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Mother Teresa, seen March 30, 1966, the superior-general of the Roman Catholic Missionaries of Charity, runs the Home for the Dying Destitutes in Calcutta, India.  Since the home opened in 1952, some 18,000 ill persons have entered, with 8,500 dying.  The rest amazingly gained strength and walked out.  (AP Photo)

Mother Teresa is now officially Saint Teresa

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Mother Teresa is now officially Saint Teresa

Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun known for her charitable work among the desperately poor in India, was named the Catholic Church's newest saint on Sunday morning.

Thousands crowded the Vatican to hear the canonization of the beloved nun, who died in 1997.

...We will have some difficulty calling her Saint Teresa.... so tender and rich that spontaneously we will continue to say Mother Teresa.
Pope Francis

Saint Teresa was born in 1910 and died in 1997, serving mostly around Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) in India. The organization she founded, Missionaries of Charity, became known for its dedication to helping the extremely poor.

Some have criticized the church's decision to name her a saint, a process largely based on miracles being attributed to her after her death. Ruchir Joshi told Quartz her canonization was a "massive PR exercise, and journalist Christopher Hitchens called her "fraudulent."

The Indian government has already planned tours that take visitors to landmarks tied to Saint Teresa, according to All India Trinamool Congress.

Did Mother Teresa deserve canonization?

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