Vatican's decision to canonize Mother Teresa comes after a second miracle under her name was authenticated

Mother Teresa will be made a 'Saint' in 2016, says Vatican

Archana Venkatraman

18 years after the Roman Catholic nun and Nobel Prize winner for her charity work, Mother Teresa will be made a 'Saint' next year, according to Pope Francis. Mother Teresa had dedicated her life to work with the poor in the slums in Kolkata and now has two miracles attributed to her paving her way to sainthood.

Mother Teresa to be made a saint by Roman Catholic Church
Mother Teresa to be made a saint by Roman Catholic Church

For anyone to be recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, two miracles will have to be attributed to them. Pope Francis has said that he recognizes a second miracle from 2008 as authentic.

The second miracle under Mother Teresa's name involves saving a Brazilian man's life. According to the Vatican, the Brazilian man, whose identity is not revealed, was suddenly cured in 2008 after his priest prayed for Mother Teresa's intervention with God.

The first miracle occurred back in 2002. The then Pope John Paul II said he accepted the miracle – that she cured an Indian woman suffering from an abdominal tumour – is authentic.

Following the acceptance of the first miracle by the Vatican, Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003. The recognition of the first miracle also took her closer to sainthood with her followers required to attribute one more miracle to the Mother.

It is thought that Mother will be made a Saint (will be canonized) in September 2016.

The news about Pope Francis's recognition of the second miracle, the Missionaries of Charity Mother Teresa founded in 1950 in Kolkata were 'delighted' at the news. As many as 4,500 nuns worldwide work under the Missionaries of Charity, according to UK media reports.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, known as Mother Teresa and respected globally, especially in India, was born in 1910 in Skopje, now Macedonia. Her family were ethnic Albanians, and devout Catholics. Later she moved to Ireland and then to India (Bengal) in 1929 where she spent most of her life dedicated to improve the lives of the poor. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979.

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