Wednesday 24 May 2017

Pope hails volunteers on eve of Mother Teresa sainthood

A Missionaries of Charity nun holds a photo of Mother Teresa (AP)
A Missionaries of Charity nun holds a photo of Mother Teresa (AP)

Pope Francis urged people to resist "the temptation to indifference" to suffering in a speech on the eve of a ceremony to formally proclaim Mother Teresa a saint.

Greeting thousands of lay volunteers from around the world in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Saturday said that ignoring those suffering hunger, sickness or exploitation is a "modern sin, a sin of today".

The square at the Vatican hosts a ceremony on Sunday expected to draw hundreds of thousands of admirers of Mother Teresa, a nun who before her death in 1997, cared for the destitute who were dying in the streets of India.

Among Saturday's crowd were firefighters and volunteers who rescued survivors from the August 24 earthquake in central Italy.

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