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The Pontiff spoke at a special audience for people engaged in the works of mercy ahead of Mother Teresa’s canonisation

American pilgrims were amongst those delighted to celebrate Mother Teresa’s canonisation

‘Let us carry her smile in our hearts,’ Pope Francis told the faithful in St Peter’s Square

Applause erupted in St Peter’s Square as Mother Teresa was canonised on Sunday

The homeless people have been given seats of honour at the Mass

The canonisation Mass will take place on the morning of September 4

A book, Prophetess of our Time, captures the saint’s personality by speaking to two of her priest-friends

The canonisation will take place on Sunday morning in St Peter’s Square

Police officers are seen outside St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

I visited Rome prepared for the sight of more police and soldiers, but I hadn’t anticipated how this extra security would change my experience of the city

Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas will head the Vatican’s new department