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