The Missionaries of Charity confirmed on Friday reports of Vatican’s decision to canonise Mother Teresa of the Roman Catholic Church in 2016. Reports from the Vatican
stated that Pope Francis recognized a second miracle – required for the process of bestowing sainthood – on Thursday.
The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian man with several brain tumours in 2008, who was cured after a priest prayed for Mother Teresa’s intervention with God.
“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”, the Vatican said in a statement.
“Today (Friday) we received an official confirmation from the Vatican about the second miracle being recognised by the Pope and Mother will be accorded sainthood in 2016,” said Mother Teresa-founded Missionaries of Charity’s spokesperson Sunita Kumar.
In 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified by then pope John Paul II in a ceremony attended by some 300,000 pilgrims and televised live across India.
The beatification – the first step towards sainthood – came after the Vatican in 2002 officially recognised the 1998 healing of a tribal woman, Monika Besra, who was suffering from an abdominal tumour, from Mother Teresa’s prayers.
It is likely that her canonisation will take place in September. Expressing happiness over the development, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Mother’s sainthood was a great honour for the state.
“She had dedicated all her life working for the poor, particularly in Kolkata. It’s a great honour for all the people that she is being bestowed with sainthood.”
Born as Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, in 1910, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata in 1949. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Nicknamed ‘Saint of the Gutters’, the Mother passed away in 1997 at the age of 87.
After her beatification she was recognised as the Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata. Now she will be called Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata.