Known for devoting her life to help the less fortunate, Mother Theresa is cleared to become a saint after Pope Francis issued a decree claiming that she performed a second miracle as a nun. Once she is officially canonized, she will join sainthood.
"The Holy Father has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa," the Vatican said on Friday, according to the BBC.
While there is no official date for Mother Teresa's canonization into sainthood, the Italian media suspects that the ceremony could occur in September to coincide with the 19th anniversary of her death and to mark the Pope's Holy Year of Mercy. Once officially canonized, no fewer than four countries will celebrate Mother Teresa as their saint.
The Catholic Church requires at least two recognized miracles in order to reach sainthood. Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa in 2003 for allegedly healing an Indian woman's tumor using divine intervention.
The second miracle just announced by the Vatican was the supposed curing of a man in Brazil who was in a coma and suffering from a life-threatening brain infection. According to Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, who was in charge of the canonization case, the man woke up minutes before surgery and was soon declared symptom-free.
Born in 1910 as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in the Ottoman Empire, Mother Teresa spent most of her life in India. She is best known for founding the Missionaries of Charity, which was dedicated to helping the poor in Kolkata and all over the world.
"We are all absolutely delighted about the news," Sister Ita of the Missionaries of Charity said to NBC News. "We are very happy to hear about the canonization and we look forward to hearing more details in due course."
Mother Teresa also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work in helping people overcome poverty and distress.
(H/T: NBC News)
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