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Mother Teresa to be elevated to sainthood


By NAIROBI NEWS REPORTER

The late Roman Catholic nun and missionary, Mother Teresa, is to be elevated to sainthood in September next year.

This is after Pope Francis recognised a second medical miracle attributed to the late catholic nun. The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian man with several brain tumours in 2008, the Vatican said.

“The Holy Father has authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa,” the Vatican said in a statement on Friday.

The second miracle required before canonization happened after the first one that happened in 1998 and was the healing of a Bengali tribal woman, Monika Besra, who was suffering from an abdominal tumour.

In 2002 the Vatican officially recognised the Bengali woman miracle.

Mother 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 aged 87 and was beatified in 2003 by then Pope John Paul II.

She is expected to be canonised in Rome on September 4, 2016 as part the Pope’s Jubilee year of mercy.