Pope Francis shared pizza with 1,500 of Rome’s poorest citizens after the canonisation of Mother Teresa.
On Sunday, over 120,000 people filed into St. Peter’s Square in Rome to celebrate the canonisation of Mother Teresa. EuroNews relays that far fewer people gathered than was expected, but that was likely due to the immense amount of security.
3,000 police and law enforcement officials patrolled the area around the Vatican. Additionally, airspace above was closed, relays the CatholicHerald.
Christians and non-Christians alike gathered for the special event, proving that one doesn’t need to adhere to a certain religion to appreciate those who have lived good lives and inspired others.
Some of the honored guests included 1,500 homeless people who the Vatican helped bus across Italy. Many live in shelters run by the new saint’s order, the Sisters of Charity.
“In his homily at Mass, the Pope called Mother Teresa an emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life’ and held her up as a ‘model of holiness’ for today’s generation. In all aspects of her life, Francis said, Teresa was ‘a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded’.”
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