Pope Francis approves second miracle, Mother Teresa to become saint

MotherTeresa-reuters A file photo of Mother Teresa | Reuters
  • Pope recognised a second miracle attributed to her in which a Brazilian man recovered from multiple brain tumours.

The beloved nun Mother Teresa will be elevated to sainthood next year after Pope Francis recognised a second medical miracle attributed to her.

Catholic newspaper Avvenire reported on Thursday that Teresa, who dedicated her life to the poor and the needy in the slums of Kolkata, is expected to be canonised in Rome in September, 2016.

According to the paper, a second miracle in which a Brazilian man recovered from multiple brain tumours, was attributed to the nun by a panel of experts and later approved by Pope Francis.

Nicknamed the 'Saint of the Gutters', Teresa was beatified in 2003 by the late Pope John Paul, after a miracle attributed to her in 1998. A Bengali woman suffering from an abdominal tumour, is said to have been cured by her.

Beatification is a first step towards sainthood. The traditional canonisation procedure requires at least two miracles.

Teresa was born in Skopje in modern-day Macedonia to a Kosovar-Albanian family. She won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Teresa moved to India in 1929 and founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. She died in 1997 at the age of 87.

The AFP reports that the canonisation is again expected to draw large crowds to Rome for what will likely be one of the highlights of the special Jubilee year.

""The date and place for the canonisation is yet to be determined, but for now we shall celebrate a thanksgiving mass at Mother's House in Kolkata in a day or so," Thomas D'Souza, the Archbishop of Kolkata told the Sky News.

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