Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Teresa a saint on September 04, bestowing the Catholic Church’s highest honor on one of the most widely admired public figures in recent history. The canonization ceremony took place under a broiling sun before a crowd of 120,000 in St. Peter’s Square, according to Vatican estimates. Behind the pope, on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica, hung a banner-size portrait of Mother Teresa, one of the late 20th century’s most recognizable faces. Born to an ethnic Albanian family in what is now Macedonia, the diminutive Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 with 12 followers in Kolkata, India. The order now runs hospices, homeless shelters and other services for the destitute in 139 countries. Her proclamation as a saint occurred one day before the 19th anniversary of her death. That anniversary September 05 will now be her feast day in the calendar of the Catholic Church around the world.