Pope Francis has recognised a second medical miracle attributed to the late Mother Teresa, clearing the path for the beloved nun to be elevated to sainthood next year.
Mother Teresa, celebrated for her work with the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata, is expected to be officially canonised in Rome on 4 September as part the pope’s Jubilee year of mercy.
The move comes after a panel of experts, convened three days ago by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, attributed a miraculous healing in 2008 of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumours to Mother Teresa.
“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.
In the Vatican’s Jubilee calendar, 4 September is already marked as a day dedicated to the late nun’s memory and her canonisation is likely to take place then.
Teresa, who was born to Albanian parents in what is now Skopje in Macedonia, was known across the world for her charity work. She died in 1997 at the age of 87.
Nicknamed the “Saint of the Gutters”, she dedicated her life to the poor, the sick and the dying in the slums of Kolkata, one of India’s biggest cities. She won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in a fast-tracked process in 2003, in a ceremony attended by some 300,000 pilgrims. Beatification is a first step towards sainthood.
In 2002, the Vatican officially recognised a miracle she was said to have carried out after her death, namely the 1998 healing of a Bengali tribal woman, Monika Besra, who was suffering from an abdominal tumour.
The traditional canonisation procedure requires at least two miracles.
Her canonisation is again expected to draw large crowds to Rome for what will likely be one of the highlights of the special Jubilee year.