(WTNH) — Pope Francis has approved the second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta in order for the beloved nun and Nobel Peace Prize winner who worked with India’s poor to be canonized.
One of the Catholic Church’s highest honors comes with a lengthy process, but this announcement comes less than 20 years since her death in 1997. First, to be eligible, a person can only be considered five years after they died. Then, the Church requires two miracles to be attributed to that person.
Yesterday, Pope Francis approved the second miracle needed to kick off the canonization process which would make her an official saint. That miracle involves the very surprising cure of a Brazilian man who had several brain abscesses and was in a coma. The Vatican found that the man’s wife had been praying to Mother Teresa, which the Vatican says was responsible for his cure.
Back in 2003, Pope John Paul II approved the first miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, or beatified her. That miracle involved another inexplicable cure. An Indian woman with diagnosed incurable tumors was healed after praying to Mother Teresa.
An official date for the canonization ceremony has not yet been announced, but Italian media expect the celebration to be sometime next September.