18 December, Kolkata
Mother Teresa will be given Sainthood, Missionaries of Charity spokesperson Sunita Kumar has informed. Thursday, an Italian Catholic newspaper had also reported, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in September next year.
Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian Catholic bishops conference, said on its website that Pope Francis Thursday approved a decree recognising a miracle attributed to her intercession with God.
Mother Teresa, who died in 1997 at the age of 87, was beatified in 2003 by the late Pope John Paul. Beatification, which requires one miracle is the last step before sainthood.
Avvenire said the second miracle attributed to the intercession of Mother Teresa, which is required for canonisation, involved the inexplicable healing of a man who was suffering from a deadly brain disease. Family members of the sufferer prayed to Mother Teresa and he recovered, leaving doctors at a loss to explain how, the newspaper said.
Mother founded the Missionaries of Charity to help the poor on the streets of Kolkata and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
Delhi Archbishop Anil JT Couto welcomed the Vatican decision to elevate Mother Teresa to sainthood. In a statement he said the move will bring hope to those dedicated to the service of the poor. He said Mother Teresa was a true reflection of God’s mercy and compassion to countless destitute people around the world.
Clearing the path for Mother Teresa’s elevation to sainthood, the Vatican has recognized a second miracle of the nun.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity and spent 45-years serving the poor, sick, orphaned and dying on the streets of Kolkata. She died at the age of 87 in Kolkata in 1997.