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Cardinal celebrates canonization with Dorchester parish

  • Father John Currie formally announces the new name of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe
  • Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity stand during the Mass celebrated by Cardinal O’Malley to mark the canonization of their foundress. (Pilot photo/Mark Labbe)

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DORCHESTER -- Hours after Mother Teresa was declared a saint during a canonization Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Vatican City, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley remembered Mother Teresa's life and accomplishments during a Mass held at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Dorchester, Sept. 4.

"Mother Teresa's life rises in the darkness, and she brought hope and comforting to so many who were in pain and despair," cardinal said in his homily.

Her "energy and strength comes from her profound understanding of how much God loves us, and that gave her the strength and courage to be able to do so many wonderful works of mercy," he added.

The parish, previously named Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, was renamed St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish on Sunday, following Mother Teresa's canonization.

At the Mass, local sisters belonging to Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, were present.

In his homily, Cardinal O'Malley praised the sisters for their work with the needy.

"In our own archdiocese, our beloved sisters here run a shelter for homeless mothers and children," he said.

"In a quiet, humble way, they serve the poor with joy and with love, and they invite so many people into their midst," he continued.

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