Mother Teresa will become a canonized saint Sept. 4 in Rome.
This morning this became official when Pope Francis signed the decree for the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, and announced the date and venue of the ceremony for her and four others.
The Pope signed the declaration at the ordinary public consistory of cardinals and promoters of the causes of the saints in the Vatican, which formally ended the process of approving a new saint.
There has been much speculation that Blessed Mother Teresa’s canonization would be held Sept. 4.
On Oct. 19, 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified after Pope St. John Paul II recognized her miraculous healing of an Indian woman with a tumor in her abdomen.
On Dec. 17, 2015, Pope Francis recognized the miraculous healing from the late sister’s intercession of a Brazilian man with multiple brain abscesses.
The consistory also approved and confirmed the following canonizations for four other blessed:
June 5, 2016:
- Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad, a Swedish Lutheran convert who established the Bridgettine order in her nation,
- Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski of Poland, who founded the Marians of the Immaculate Conception
Oct. 16, 2016:
- Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio, a 14-year-old Mexican boy who was killed for refusing to renounce his faith in the 1920s during the Cristero War
- Argentine Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario, referred to as the ‘gaucho priest’