Mother Teresa will be canonized as a Catholic Saint Sept. 4, Pope Francis said Tuesday.
Mother Teresa, called “the saint of the gutter” for her work with the poor, will become a saint along with four other people. Pope Francis ratified the two necessary miracles for Mother Teresa’s sainthood. Catholics believe saints are in heaven and are able to intercede to God on behalf of people on earth. To achieve sainthood, a person must have two recognized miracles after their death.
The Catholic church attributed the healing of a Brazilian man with multiple brain tumors as well as an Indian woman’s stomach tumor to Mother Teresa because the healing came after praying to Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa became an inspiring, worldwide figure known for her sacrifice. Teresa joined an Irish convent at age 18 and then moved to India where she devoted her life to helping the poor. Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and died in on Sept. 5, 1997.
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