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Pope Francis Clears Roman Catholic Nun Mother Teresa's Path to Sainthood

Sewell Chan - The New York Times
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December 19, 2015
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Mother Teresa with patients at a mobile leprosy clinic near Kolkata, India, in 1960. (Missionaries of Charity/AFP)

Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her work helping the poor of Kolkata, India, clearing the way for her canonization next year, the Vatican announced on Friday.

Mother Teresa died in 1997 at age 87. Though there is normally a five-year waiting period before the process toward sainthood can begin, Pope John Paul II waived it through a special dispensation in 1999 and he beatified her — the first step to sainthood — in 2003.

Her eventual canonization has long been expected, but the timing had not been clear. In May, the Italian news media widely speculated that she would be canonized on Sept. 4, 2016, which has been scheduled as a day to honor the work of volunteers, as part of the Jubilee of Mercy, a yearlong celebration of the virtues of compassion and charity.

...Francis made the decision on Thursday, his 79th birthday, after meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

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