Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to work for the poor and underprivileged in India, was finally declared a saint by Pope Francis in a canonisation ceremony on Sunday. Over a lakh of her followers from all over the world gathered in Vatican City to commemorate her sainthood. Mother Teresa, who is now remembered as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, also had wishes from across the web.
The ceremony came a day before the 19th anniversary of Teresa's death in Kolkata, where she spent nearly four decades tending to the poorest of the poor. Missionaries of Charity, or simply the Mother House in Kolkata, has become a pilgrimage for countless from home and abroad.
Social media acknowledged these fruits of Teresa’s labour that still help the poor and helpless even today. From Indian politicians to celebrities, here’s how the nation and the world reacted:
— Ranveer Brar (@ranveerbrar) August 26, 2016
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
Let the example of Mother Teresa inspire all of us to dedicate ourselves to the welfare of mankind #PresidentMukherjee
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) September 3, 2016
It is indeed a moment of great pride and honour. Bless us Mother, so that we can continue to serve the people.
Even Donald Trump was pleased that ‘Christians around the world’ were celebrating Mother Teresa’s legacy.
— Partap Singh Bajwa (@Partap_Sbajwa) September 4, 2016
The UN will also recognise Saint Teresa’s work.
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) August 25, 2016
The World Food Program (WFP) posted this quote to further the cause that Teresa and WFP worked towards.
— World Food Programme (@WFP) September 4, 2016
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
Her life was a powerful message and a shining example to all of us of what humanity could be : compassion,solidarity and peace #MotherTeresa
— Mohamed ElBaradei (@ElBaradei) September 4, 2016
On #MotherTeresa’s sainthood I hope qualities of compassion & concern will spread towards the path of gross national happiness & wellbeing
— M S Swaminathan (@msswaminathan) September 4, 2016
— Raj Babbar (@RajBabbarMP) September 4, 2016
— Indian Diplomacy (@IndianDiplomacy) September 4, 2016
Unmatched fervour observed in the crowd at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. pic.twitter.com/LWiv2B71AL
— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) September 4, 2016
Mother Teresa achieves Saint hood today. May her dedicated devotion to serve poor and downtrodden keeps inspiring generations to come.
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) September 4, 2016
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) September 4, 2016
— C R Paatil (@CRPaatil) September 4, 2016
— Amul.coop (@Amul_Coop) September 3, 2016
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 4, 2016
Many even chipped in on the contentious #FraudTeresa hastag that was trending on Twitter, urging people to focus on her years of service over the allegations that were recently unearthing against the saint.
Disagree with #MotherTeresa's views if you wish. I do. But I also know I would never have the courage to serve the poor the way she did.
They cannot understand #MotherTeresa . But then they never understood the Father of the Nation either. It is a DNA thing.
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) September 4, 2016
I too don't hold with 'miracles' of any kind but join in the celebration of Mother Teresa's great work for humanity. https://t.co/v2RIzcO7UK
— N. Ram (@nramind) September 4, 2016
Mother Teresa was called the ‘saint of the gutters’ even before she was canonized, with her followers already considering as a saint. After almost two decades of her death and despite her legacy being questioned, Mother Teresa was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.