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Belfast mass celebrates Mother Teresa's elevation to sainthood by Pope Francis

Published 04/09/2016

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 4th September 2016
Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished.
Pictured: The Reverend Darach Mac Giolla Cathain, Parish Priest, rededicated the sculpture at No. 41 Springhill Drive.
Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 4th September 2016 Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished. Pictured: The Reverend Darach Mac Giolla Cathain, Parish Priest, rededicated the sculpture at No. 41 Springhill Drive. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 4th September 2016 Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished. Pictured: Crowds gather at the sculpture. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 4th September 2016 Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished. Pictured: The Reverend Darach Mac Giolla Cathain, Parish Priest, rededicated the sculpture at No. 41 Springhill Drive along with Fr. Des Wilson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 4th September 2016 Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished. Pictured: The Reverend Darach Mac Giolla Cathain, Parish Priest, rededicated the sculpture at No. 41 Springhill Drive along with Fr. Des Wilson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 4th September 2016 Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished. Pictured: The Reverend Darach Mac Giolla Cathain, Parish Priest, rededicated the sculpture at No. 41 Springhill Drive along with Fr. Des Wilson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 4th September 2016 Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished. Pictured: Joan McCoubrey, The Reverend Darach Mac Giolla Cathain, Mary McNeill, who lives in no.41, and Tommy Holland, community worker. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished. Pictured: The Very Reverened Aidan Denny, Curate in Corpus Christi Parish at the Mass on Sunday morning. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 4th September 2016 Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished. Pictured: The Very Reverened Aidan Denny, Curate in Corpus Christi Parish at the Mass on Sunday morning. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 4th September 2016 Springhill residents rededicate 'The Saint That Lived In Our Street' sculpture as Mother Teresa is canonised. The sculpture was made in 2010, of material from the Corpus Christi Chapel which was demolished. Pictured: The Very Reverened Aidan Denny, Curate in Corpus Christi Parish at the Mass on Sunday morning. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Mother Teresa will be made a saint
Nuns of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, pray during a vigil of prayer in preparation for the canonization of Mother Theresa in the St. John in Latheran Basilica at the Vatican, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A photo taken on August 12, 2016 in Tirana shows personal belongings of Mother Teresa exhibited in a special pavilion in the Albanian National Museum dedicated to Mother Theresa, the nun who spent most of her life caring for the sick and the poor in India. When Pope Francis canonises Mother Teresa on September 4, two Balkan countries will be celebrating the sainthood of a woman they both fiercely claim as their own. Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 in multi-cultural Skopje -- then part of the Ottoman Empire and now capital of the Republic of Macedonia -- Mother Teresa had an ethnic Albanian mother whose family came from Kosovo. / AFP PHOTO / GENT SHKULLAKUGENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images
Shining light: Mother Teresa visits Corrymela, Co Antrim

A mass has taken place in west Belfast to celebrate Mother Teresa's elevation to sainthood.

The Macedonian born nun served for a time in west Belfast during her life.

A sculpture the Saint That Lived In Our Saint was dedicated to Mother Teresa on Springhill Driveclose to Corpus Christi church in 2010.

It was rededicated yesterday by the Reverend Darach Mac Giolla Cathain, Parish Priest within hours of Mother Teresa being canonised by Pope Francis at the Vatican.

The Very Reverened Aidan Denny, Curate in Corpus Christi Parish led Mass at the church on Sunday morning.

An estimated 100,000 pilgrims flocked to St Peter's Square in Rome canonisation on Sunday morning.

The nun is revered for her work with the poor in India.

Known as “the saint of the gutters”, the nun won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

She died in 1997 at the age of 87.

In India, a special Mass was celebrated at the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in Kolkata.

Pope Francis is driven through the crowd after celebrating a Canonization Mass for Mother Teresa, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, praising the tiny nun for having taken in society's most unwanted and for having shamed world leaders for the
Pope Francis is driven through the crowd after celebrating a Canonization Mass for Mother Teresa, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, praising the tiny nun for having taken in society's most unwanted and for having shamed world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created." (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
Pope Francis blesses a nun of the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity as he leaves at the end of the Canonization Mass of Mother Teresa in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Francis has declared Mother Teresa a saint, honoring the tiny nun who cared for the world's most destitute as an icon for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis passes in front a portrait of Mother Teresa at the end of a canonization ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Thousands of pilgrims thronged to St. Peter's Square on Sunday for the canonization of Mother Teresa, the tiny nun who cared for the world's most unwanted and became the icon of a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to tend to lost, wounded souls. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis talks with a nun of the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity as he leaves at the end of the Canonization Mass of Mother Teresa in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Francis has declared Mother Teresa a saint, honoring the tiny nun who cared for the world's most destitute as an icon for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A Sister of the Missionaries of Charity waves as Pope Francis is driven through the crowd at the end of a Canonization Mass for Mother Teresa, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, praising the tiny nun for having taken in society's most unwanted and for having shamed world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created." (Fabio Frustaci/ANSA via AP)
Nuns of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity stand near a Swiss guard prior to the start of a mass celebrated by Pope Francis where Mother Teresa will be canonized in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Faithful and pilgrims wait to enter in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican before Mother Teresa's Canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. Thousands of pilgrims thronged to St. Peter's Square on Sunday for the canonization of Mother Teresa, the tiny nun who cared for the world's most unwanted and became the icon of a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to tend to lost, wounded souls. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pilgrims arrived at the Vatican before dawn on Sunday to get a good spot among the masses for the ceremony.

Cardinal Angelo Amato read a brief biography of Mother Teresa's work, then asked the Pope to canonise her in the name of the Church.

Pope Francis responded: "After due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint and we enrol her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church."

The event was celebrated in west Belfast with prayers at a sculpture of Mother Teresa at Corpus Christi Church where she once served.

Mother Teresa worked in Ballymurphy for 18 months in the early 1970s.

Founder of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa arrived in Belfast in 1973 and started a mission along with four other nuns.

However due to certain disputes they withdrew from the mission.

She joined an Irish order, the Loreto Sisters and began her service as a nun by serving two months as a novice in Rathfarnham in Dublin in 1928, where she learned English.

She returned to Ireland many times over her life, and was awarded the Freedom of Dublin in 1993.

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