Mother Teresa will be canonized a saint on September 4th, 2016, a top official in the Catholic Church reportedly said. But a spokesman from the Holy See’s office said no specific date has been set yet. According to an Italian newspaper, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, told city officials in Rome that a firm date had been set for the late nun’s canonization. In a statement to the Huffington Post, though, Vatican spokesman Father Manuel Dorantes said, “The cause is ongoing so we cannot yet speak of a definitive date.” Dorantes indicated that her canonization is “likely” to take place in early September of next year. Mother Teresa is an icon in the Church and world renowned for her lifetime of charitable work. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in India, and in 1979 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She died in 1997 at age 87. In 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa for canonization;a second miracle must still be attributed to her. However, speculation abounds about Mother Teresa’s sainthood prospects because in 2014, Pope Francis waived the two-miracle rule in order to canonize Pope John XXIII.
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