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Mother Teresa serves as unifying force among differing religions, races

Posted September 3, 2016 9:41 p.m. EDT
Updated September 3, 2016 11:19 p.m. EDT

— Tens of thousands of people arrived in Rome this weekend as the pope declares Mother Teresa a saint.

A melange of languages, skin colors and beliefs could be found around Saint Peter's Basilica, but everyone agreed the nun served as a unifying force.

Anju Pokle is from India, the Hindu-dominant nation where the Catholic nun brought a universal truth.

"I think people like that, people who help others, I think that's what breaks boundaries between different religions," Pokle said.

Father Aloes Loissar, from Austria, said Mother Teresa visited his parish in 1982.

"We are looking for a fountain of spirit in a time when many people have everything, and they start to search for real things," Loissar said. "She was a very deep fountain...a spring."

Emie Negrete, a Mexican-American from California, said Mother Teresa showed how much power you get from helping the powerless.

"Because of her sacrifice. She just gave up what she had, like literally her life, just to help the poor," he said.

Her deeds were enough to bring the words together as one.