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Members of Mother Teresa's order, the Missionaries of Charity, and artist Chas Fagan, gather after the unveiling of an official canonization portrait of Mother Teresa at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, on September 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Mother Teresa’s keys to sainthood: sharing poverty and showing mercy

VATICAN CITY (RNS) She may have worked in the gutters of Kolkata but she is considered one of the most influential women in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.

Mother Teresa, who died in 1997 at age 87, will be declared a saint at the Vatican on Sunday (Sept. 4) after dedicating her life to helping the poorest of the poor in the slums of India, and winning a Nobel Peace Prize and international renown for her efforts.

More than 100,000 people and 15 official delegations are expected to attend the canonization Mass for the diminutive, Albanian-born nun in St. Peter’s Square amid some of the tightest security ever seen at the Vatican.

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