>> Pope Francis gathering thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's square on Sunday. To proclaim Mother Theresa of Calcutta a saint 19 years after her death. A ceremony long awaited since Pope John Paul II fast-tracked her sainthood. Reuters' Isla Binnie is in Rome to find out exactly what makes a saint.
>> The Catholic church defines saints as people who were sufficiently holy during their lives to now be in heaven and to be able to intercede with God to bring miracles about. The church has now declared that two miracles are attributable to the intercession of Mother Theresa. The recent of these miracles was the curing of a Brazilian man who had an aggressive brain infection and recovered from that in 2008.
>> We have people who have nothing, who are wanted by no one.>> Nicknamed Mother Teresa of Calcutta for her work in India's poorest and most populous city, the now the Catholic Saint was born in 1910 to Albanian parents. Joining the Irish order of Loreto at 19 she was then sent to India where she started as a teacher.
Later setting up a hospice and a home for abandoned children. But even after winning a Nobel Peace Prize and India's Order of Merit, the so called dispenser of mercy wasn't without her critics.>> Catholics revere Mother Theresa for her work with the world's poorest, and her attention to the terminally ill, and the people who were extremely poor.
Her missionaries of charity were setup all around the world. On the other hand, she did face criticism for not alleviating the pain of the terminally ill and not doing enough to stamp out the root causes of poverty. There were also critics who have said that she tried to convert the destitute in predominantly Hindu India.
>> Adding to that, there were claims of a lack of hygiene in her hospitals and accusations of donations from dictators for her charity work. Her canonization is a centerpiece of Pope Francis's jubilee year of mercy. Complementing his vision of a Catholic church focused on the underprivileged.