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Its Official! Mother Teresa to be Made a Saint as Pope Francis Announces Date

Its Official! Mother Teresa to be Made a Saint as Pope Francis Announces Date

Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa in 2003

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who worked with the poor in the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta), is to be declared a saint on 4 September, Pope Francis has announced.

Pope Francis on Tuesday said Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata will become a saint on Sept. 4.

‎Affectionately known as the "Saint of the gutter" for her unconditional ‎love ‎for the poor, abandoned and marginalized, Mother Teresa earned several international honors, including ‎the ‎Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. ‎

She was beatified in 2003 by Pope John Paul II after being attributed to a first miracle, answering an Indian woman's prayers to cure her brain tumor, according to the Vatican. One miracle is needed for beatification, described by the Catholic Church as recognition of a person's entrance into heaven, while sainthood requires two.

Pope Francis officially cleared Mother Teresa for sainthood on Dec. 17, 2015, recognizing her "miraculous healing" of a Brazilian man with multiple brain abscesses, the Vatican said.

Its Official! Mother Teresa to be Made a Saint as Pope Francis Announces Date

Some 4,500 nuns are now part of the Missionaries of Charity sisterhood founded by Mother Teresa

Five years must pass from the time of the candidate’s death before an examination can begin. The pope can dispense with this waiting period. A bishop is placed in charge of the initial examination of the candidate’s life. Once deemed worthy by the Vatican, the candidate is called a 'Servant of God.'

In 2003, Pope John Paul II put Mother Teresa on the fast track for possible sainthood by allowing the beautification process to begin just two years after her death.

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu‎ of Albanian parents on ‎August 26, 1910, in Skopje, in what ‎is now ‎Macedonia, Teresa died in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, on September 5, ‎‎1997.

Its Official! Mother Teresa to be Made a Saint as Pope Francis Announces Date

Visitors take photos of a portrait of Mother Teresa at the Missionaries of Charity after a special Mass in Kolkata, India

She joined the Loreto order of nuns in 1928. In 1946, while traveling by train from Kolkata to Darjeeling, was inspired to found the Missionaries of Charity order. The order was established four years later and has since opened more than 130 houses worldwide to provide comfort and care for the needy.

While her actions gained widespread admiration, Mother Teresa was not beloved by all and was criticized for the quality of care in her clinics and taking donations from Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and disgraced American financier Charles Keating, according to the Associated Press.

By the time of her death, Mother Teresa's India-based Missionaries of Charity supported 4,000 nuns and ran hundreds of orphanages, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and clinics around the world.

Its Official! Mother Teresa to be Made a Saint as Pope Francis Announces Date

Mother Teresa walks with Princess Diana after receiving a visit from her June 18, 1997, in New York.

Francis, who has made outreach to the poor a priority for the Catholic Church, met Mother Teresa more than two decades ago while he was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina. He is known for admiring her ministry as well as her fearlessness in speaking out on behalf of society’s outcasts.

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