Macedonia celebrates Saint Teresa's canonization in capital

Macedonia celebrates Saint Teresa’s canonization in capital

Macedonia celebrates Saint Teresa’s canonization in capital

Catholic priests walk in a procession through the main square in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Sept 11, 2016. Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at the main square in Macedonian capital Skopje for a ceremony of gratitude dedicated to Mother Teresa who Pope Francis declared a saint last week in the Vatican. (Credit: AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski.)

Mother Teresa, now St. Teresa of Calcutta, was born in Skopje, located in modern-day Macedonia, in 1910. On Sunday, hundreds of Macedonians gathered in the city near the house where she was born to celebrate her canonization by Pope Francis a week ago.

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Hundreds of people gathered in the main square of Macedonia’s capital on Sunday for a ceremony dedicated to Macedonian-born Saint Teresa, whom Pope Francis canonized last week at the Vatican.

Sunday’s ceremony was held near the site of the now-demolished house where the Roman Catholic nun and missionary was born in Skopje in 1910.

The events, which included a procession and a Mass, came at the end of a week of festivities organized by Macedonia’s parliament. Archbishop Vinko Puljic, the pope’s special representative for the celebrations in Macedonia, addressed the crowd.

Teresa lived the first 18 years of her life in what is now Macedonia.

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