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It's official! Mother Teresa to be made a saint

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 1:46 IST

Mother Teresa will be elevated to sainthood next year as the Catholic Church has recognised a second medical miracle attributed to her.

According to a Catholic newspaper, she will be canonised on 4 September 2016 as part of Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy - as proclaimed by the Pope.

Mother Teresa is best known for her charity work in Kolkata where she spent a majority of her time caring for leprosy patients in the city, under the umbrella of Missionaries of Charity.

She was felicitated with a Noble Prize in 1979 for her philanthropic work.

She died in 1997 at the age of 87. In 2003, she was beatified (the first step towards sainthood) by late Pope John Paul II. Her beatification ceremony was attended by around 3,00,000 pilgrims, claims a report in The Guardian.

The miracles attributed to Mother Teresa

  • The decision to elevate her to sainthood was taken after the 'Congregation for the Causes of Saints' confirmed that the miraculous healing of multiple brain tumors of a Brazilian man were to be attributed to her.

  • Her first medical miracle was recognised by the Vatican in 2002 for healing a Bengali tribal woman, Monika Besra, in 1998.

What is the sainthood process?

  • The official process of sainthood is called canonisation. It is bestowed on a person only after the church investigates if the person truly died for the Catholic faith and confirms two miracles that are attributed to the person.

  • After the first miracle has been proved, the person is beatified - and declared 'Blessed'. It is only after the confirmation of the second miracle that the person is bestowed with the title 'Saint'.

First published: 18 December 2015, 11:52 IST