In the Indian city where Mother Teresa founded her order, ambivalence about her legacy KOLKATA, India — With solemn prayer mixed with joyful songs, Christians in this Indian city celebrated the sainthood of Mother Teresa on Sunday, honoring the nun who worked tirelessly for the poor here and indelibly shaped the city’s image in the eyes of the world. A crowd of about 300 gathered outside the narrow lane leading to the modest Mother House of the order that Mother Teresa founded They listened to a short service and watched the proceedings from Rome on a large television screen. Inside, dozens of nuns — clad in the simple white-and-blue-trimmed sari of the order — also watched. They applauded as Pope Francis read in Latin the proclamation declaring Mother Teresa a saint and as her photo slowly unfurled over St Peter’s Square, packed with an estimated 120,000 people. Some wept with joy. “I’m feeling so lucky to have witnessed this. I’m overwhelmed,” said Sumitra Elizabeth Mondal, 26, a teacher, who had burst into tears. The nuns said they were happy this day had finally come — although, in their minds, the small nun who was being canonized was saintly already. “It’s not becoming a saint. She was always a saint,” said Sister Nicole, who oversees the order’s home for the destitute and dying in a clamorous temple neighborhood in Kolkata, once known as Calcutta. “Now she’s just recognized and proclaimed.” They came with bouquets and placed them by a photo. The nuns also celebrated a thanksgiving service in her honor Towering images of Mother Teresa were on billboards throughout the city, illuminated by lights. The celebrations were muted partly because the city plans its own program honoring her life next month. India sent a large contingent to the canonization event, including Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Mother Teresa’s sainthood a “memorable” and “proud” moment. Although Mother Teresa was revered here in this sprawling megacity of 14 million because of her work with the poor, the dying, orphans and leprosy patients, many Kolkatans — and indeed, many in India — feel ambivalent about her legacy. After she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, some believe, she cast a long shadow over the city’s history, obscuring its vibrant cultural past with an image of a place teeming with bodies in gutters The city of wide boulevards, crumbling buildings and quirky neighborhoods has long fostered some of the most important writers, artists and intellectuals in India — including filmmaker Satyajit Ray and the Nobel-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore. The novelist and journalist Sandip Roy, who spent 20 years in San Francisco before moving back home to Kolkata in 2011, said the Mother Teresa narrative obscured other facets of the complicated city in which he grew up — its vociferous soccer clubs, fish markets and busy cafes.