Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa (image) was officially recognized by the Catholic Church as a saint. The ceremony was led by Pope Francis. It took place on September 4 at Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican City. Mother Teresa, born in what today is Macedonia in 1910, was a Catholic nun who devoted her life to helping very poor and sick people. She spent most of her adult life in a city called Kolkata (used to be called Calcutta) in India. For her work, she received the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She died in 1997. Here is a video about her.

 

Vatican City is considered to be the world’s smallest independent state. Its area is only 0.44 sq km (0.17 sq miles). It is surrounded by Rome, the capital of Italy, on all sides. The pope is the head of the Catholic Church, and lives in the Vatican City. Pope Francis (image) is the current pope.

 

 

 

One of the world’s most famous churches is the St. Peter’s Basilica located within the Vatican City.

 

 

 

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Here is a Nike advertisement with a 86-year old nun.

Image Credits: http://w2.vatican.va and L’Osservatore Romano for Saint Teresa’s image, Casa Rosada for Pope Francis’ image, Alvesgaspar for the image of St. Peter’s Basilica
Sources: CNN, http://w2.vatican.va, www.catholic.org, CIA World Factbook