Catholic Clerics in Lagos on Tuesday urged Christians to work in her steps and emulate the virtues of Mother Theresa of Calcutta.
The Clerics made the plea in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria.
NAN reports that on September 4, Pope Francis proclaimed Mother Theresa a saint in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims who flocked from around the world to St Peter’s Square in Rome.
The pontiff praised her as the merciful saint who defended the lives of the unborn, the sick and the abandoned, who shamed world leaders for the “crimes of poverty they themselves created”.
He held Saint Theresa as a model for today’s Christians in his homily for the nun, who cared for the “poorest of the poor”.
The Director of Social Communications in the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Monsignor Gabriel Osu, said the canonization of Mother Theresa was a great thing in the lives of humanity.
Osu stated: “It’s a great day to be part of history, Theresa is now numbered among the saints in heaven; we have no iota of doubts that she is in heaven and through her, miracles can happen.
“We pray that through her intercession, the good Lord forgives us and answers the church’s prayers.”
Rev. Fr. Wisdom Chikezie of St. Augustine’s Chaplaincy Akoko, Lagos said the canonization of Mother Theresa of Calcutta would encourage people to be selfless in their service to humanity.
Chikezie commented: “We should use charity to positively affect the lives of the needy, even in the worst of our days; Christians should try and emulate her virtues.
“We are expected to show love to our neighbours on daily basis; that is who and what mother Theresa stands for, because we can never out-do God in charity.”
Rev. Fr. Peter Akodu of St. Pio Catholic Church, Iganmu said Christians should commit themselves to God in their contemporary times.
Akodu noted: “Theresa is a woman who dedicated her life to serving humanity, especially the lowly, the depressed and the needy.
“When she was doing it, she never wavered, but was persistent and committed to the cause.
“She has become an integrated symbol for all of humanity, somebody reality radiates in her and she interprets the meaning of life.”