Published On: Fri, Dec 18th, 2015

Mother Teresa to be anointed Saint

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Pope accepts 2nd miracle

Mother Teresa, the Nobel Laureate who spent 45 years serving the poor and sick on the streets of Kolkata, will be made a Saint of Roman Catholic Church after Pope Francis recognised a second medical miracle of the late nun to clear the decks for her elevation.

“We have now received an official confirmation from Vatican that a second miracle had been confirmed by the Church and that the Mother would be given sainthood. We are very excited and happy about it,” Missionaries of Charity Spokesperson Sunita Kumar told PTI today.

Known as the “saint of the gutters”, the diminutive nun is expected to be canonised in early September.

“The Holy Father has authorised the congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decrees concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa,” a media report quoted the Vatican as having said in a statement.

Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity and spent 45 years serving the poor, the sick, the orphaned, and the dying on the streets of Kolkata. She died at the age of 87 in Kolkata in 1997.

“I was informed by the Vatican that Pope Francis has recognized the second miracle to Mother Teresa,” said Kolkata’s Archbishop Thomas D’Souza. The second miracle involved the inexplicable healing of a Brazilian suffering from multiple brain tumors. The first miracle to be recognized was the healing of a tribal woman from Bengal’s South Dinajpur district who was suffering from abdominal tumor. Pope John Paul II had recognized the miracle in 2002.
A report carried in Italian Catholic journal Avverine stated that a panel of experts convened by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints three days ago attributed the Brazilian man’s healing to Mother Teresa.

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