Mother Teresa Declared a Saint by Pope Francis

SACRAMENTO -- Churches across the world paid respect to Mother Teresa on Sunday after she was declared a saint in a canonization mass at the Vatican.

Here in Sacramento, many attended the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament service where part of the service was dedicated to the Catholic nun.

Inspirational words about Saint Teresa of Calcutta filled the church on the day she was canonized.

"Saint Teresa found Christ the supreme good in those that the world considers rubbish," said Roman Catholic Bishop Jaime Soto.

Crowds swarmed Saint Peters Square in Vatican City to honor the Roman Catholic Church's newest saint. Six thousand miles away those in Sacramento gathered to do the same.

"She is just the epitome of goodness and kindness and something to strive for," said Marites Salazar, who attended Sunday service.

Saint Teresa's journey to canonization is shorter than most. Where many take decades or even centuries after death to be honored, just 19 years after Saint Teresa died the nun was canonized by Pope Francis in his Jubilee Year of Mercy.

"She found the lord's mercy in the squalor of Calcutta, and she became a vessel of that mercy for those she approached," preached Soto.

The model of holiness, as referred to by Pope Francis, dedicated her life to serving the poor -- she's praised for two miracles of curing the ill. Her contributions to the world stored up positive emotions in the church.

"I really feel great because it's so hard to find people like that," said churchgoer David Guevara.