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Pope invites 1,500 homeless for pizza after Mother Teresa’s canonisation

A nun holds a photo of Mother Teresa before the start of the canonisation Mass in St Peter's Square (AP)

Pope Francis is offering some 1,500 homeless people a pizza lunch at the Vatican after Mother Teresa’s canonisation Mass.

The homeless, most of who live in shelters run by Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity order, came to Rome overnight on buses from across Italy to take part in Sunday’s Mass in St Peter’s Square.

They’re getting seats of honour for the celebration and will then be served lunch in the lobby of the Vatican auditorium.

A Neapolitan pizzamaker brought 20 people and three pizza ovens to cook the lunch, which will be served to the guests by some 250 sisters and priests of the Sisters of Charity order.