Mother Teresa edges closer to sainthood as Pope Francis has recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for the Roman Catholic nun to be made a saint next year.
The miracle involved the inexplicable healing of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumours, a report in the Avvenire newspaper of the Italian Catholic Bishop’s Conference said.
Mother Teresa was beatified – the first step towards sainthood – in 2003.
The Nobel Peace Prize-winner – for her work with the poor – died in 1997.
She is celebrated for her work in the slums of Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta).
Beatification requires one miracle by the Catholic Church, while the process of becoming recognised as a saint requires proof of at least two miracles.
Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003 after Pope John Paul II accepted as authentic a miracle attributed to her.
The Pope judged that the curing of an Indian woman suffering from an abdominal tumour was the result of the supernatural intervention of Mother Teresa with God – a claim challenged by Indian rationalists.
Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, in 1910, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1949, dedicating her life to caring for impoverished and sick people in Kolkata.
Known as the “saint of the gutter”, she earned worldwide acclaim for her efforts