One of the most beloved religious leaders of our time will now go down in history as a saint. Mother Teresa, who dedicated her life to charity and helping the poor, will be canonized in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican announced on December 18.
As you might know, Mother Teresa had already been beatified in 2003 as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta for healing a woman's tumor through divine intervention. But in order to achieve full sainthood, she needed to perform at least two miracles. And on Pope Francis' 79th birthday, he approved a decree that she had indeed performed that second miracle, the curing of a man with a serious brain infection.
Mother Teresa will likely be canonized in September 2016, to coincide with both Pope Francis' Holy Year of Mercy and the 19th anniversary of her death back in 1997.
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Mother Teresa to be made Roman Catholic saint, Vatican confirms https://t.co/N5b0UV98Ih pic.twitter.com/9HdiZjkbwx