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Pope praises Teresa as model for Christians

Posted at 12:47 PM, Sep 04, 2016

Pope Francis has officially made Mother Teresa a saint, praising her as a model for today's Christians during his homily for the nun who cared for the "poorest of the poor."

Francis said the tiny nun defended the lives of the unborn, sick and abandoned -- and shamed world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created."

Deviating from his homily, Francis acknowledged it'll be hard for admirers to get used to calling her St. Teresa, since she is "so close to us."

Hundreds of sisters from the order Teresa founded, the Missionaries of Charity, had front-row seats at today's canonization Mass. They sat alongside 1,500 homeless people and 13 heads of state or government.