Miami Church Celebrates Canonization of Mother Teresa

Thousands gathered at the Vatican Sunday as Mother Teresa was canonized as a saint. In Miami, a packed church celebrates Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

"This is really important because Mother Teresa really was for our time the face of mercy," Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami.

As a nun, she devoted her life to the impoverished and was famed for her work in India. She's also a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The Archdiocese of Miami held a special mass Sunday with the missionaries of charity recalling her visits to Miami.

"We were in the presence of saints and we still are in the presence of saints," Wenski said.

Inside the church many gathering for the importance Mother Teresa not only is for the Catholic community, but what she symbolizes for some local families

"She's such a great person and a good influence to others," said Veronica Cueto.

The Cueto family rejoicing this Sunday at mass, as the new saint holds a special meaning to their hearts.

"Her birthday was on Mother Teresa's feast day and Mother Teresa has always been very important to us a big part of it missionaries of charity and they were at our wedding and the little kids that we work with every Sunday in the neighborhood," William Cueto said.

Saint Teresa now joins more than 10,000 saints in the Roman Catholic Church.

Many of these saints were not elevated until centuries after their deaths; Mother Teresa died in 1997.

"Mother Teresa reminds us that there is no one who is so poor that he doesn't have something to give nor is there someone so rich that he cannot receive from someone else," Wenski said.

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